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Toward the end of the nineteenth century, new railroads, ports, and steamships enabled people to travel faster and in greater numbers than ever before. Migrations and Belongings
traces burgeoning population movements across several continents from 1870 to the end of World War II. This study explains the complex variables involved in global migrations and the processes of acculturation by which "belonging" takes shape.
Dirk Hoerder emphasizes the migration systems that emerge when population clusters move between regions over long periods of time. Eschewing a Eurocentric perspective, he identifies five major systems in different parts of the world where men and women left areas with labor surpluses and swelled regions of urban and industrial growth. These include African slave migration from the 1440s to the 1870s; migration of free and indentured men and women across Asia; Russo-Siberian migration across parts of Asia, North America, and Europe; a North China-Manchurian migration; and an Atlantic system connecting Europe and the Americas. Migrations within and among regions and empires both encouraged population mixing and produced new social stratifications.
Questioning the "container" view of states, Hoerder considers instead the dynamic effects of departure, transit, and arrival. Migration, he shows, is both a critique of unsatisfactory conditions in one society and a contribution of human capital to another.
This book examines population movements across several continentsfrom 1870 to the end of World War II in the context of industrialization, transformation, and crisis during the period, andthe factors involved in global migration and acculturation. It considers African slave migration up to the 1870s; the migration offree and indentured men and women across Asia; Russo-Siberian migration across Asia, North America, and Europe; NorthChina-Manchurian migration from the late 19th century to the 1930s; and an Atlantic system connecting Europe and the Americas and Europewith its colonies up to the mid-1950s. It discusses migration and migration-related developments around the world and patterns andprocesses specific to regions and societies, the concepts of belonging and identities, theories and interpretations of migration, and specific migrations chronologically.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Migrations and Belongings traces burgeoning population flows across several continents from 1870 to 1945 and explains the variables involved and the processes of acculturation by which "belonging" takes shape. Migration, it shows, is both a critique of unsatisfactory conditions in one society and a contribution of human capital to another.
About the Author
Dirk Hoerder is Emeritus Professor of History at Arizona State University.
Arizona State University