The Historical Practice Of Diversity

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Overview

While multicultural composition of nations has become a catchword in public debates, few educators, not to speak of the general public, realize that cultural interaction was the rule throughout history. Starting with the Islam-Christian-Jewish Mediterranean world of the early modern period, this volume moves to the empires of the 18th and 19th centuries and the African Diaspora of the Black Atlantic. It ends with questioning assumptions about citizenship and underlying homogeneous "received" cultures through the analysis of the changes in various literatures. This volume clearly shows that the life-worlds of settled as well as migrant populations in the past were characterized by cultural change and exchange whether conflictual or peaceful. Societies reflected on such change in their literatures as well as in their concepts of citizenship.
Dirk Hoerder teaches history at the University of Bremen and has taught at universities in Northamerica. He has completed a survey of worldwide migrations from the 11th to 20th century.
Christiane Harzig is Assistant Professor at Bremen University where she teaches North American History and published widely on migration in Europe and North America.
Adrian Shubert is Professor and Chair of History at York University. In 1997-1998 he was a Guggenheim Fellow, and in 1999 he was invested as Commander of the Order of Civil Merit by King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571813770
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/10/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Dirk Hoerder teaches history at the University of Bremen and has taught at universities in Northamerica. He has completed a survey of worldwide migrations from the 11th to 20th century.

Christiane Harzig is Assistant Professor at Bremen University where she teaches North American History and published widely on migration in Europe and North America.

Adrian Shubert is Professor and Chair of History at York University. In 1997-1998 he was a Guggenheim Fellow, and in 1999 he was invested as Commander of the Order of Civil Merit by King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Revising the Monocultural Nation-State Paradigm: An Introduction to Transcultural Perspectives 1
1 Transcultural States, Nations, and People 13
2 A Legendary Place of Encounter: The Convivencia of Moors, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Spain 35
3 Religious Communities and Ethnic Groups under Imperial Sway: Ottoman and Habsburg Lands in Comparison 54
4 National Movements and Imperial Ethnic Hegemonies in Austria, 1867-1918 87
5 The Black Atlantic in the Construction of the "Western" World: Alternative Approaches to the "Europeanization" of the Americas 109
6 Chinese Diaspora in Occidental Societies: Canada and Europe 134
7 Labor Diasporas in Comparative Perspective: Polish and Italian Migrant Workers in the Atlantic World between the 1870s and the 1920s 152
8 Dialectics of Empire and Complexities of Culture: British Men in India, Indian Experiences of Britain 177
9 From State Constructions to Individual Opportunities: The Historical Development of Citizenship in Europe 203
10 Place-Sensitive Citizenship: The Canadian Citizenship Regime until 1945 221
11 The Diversification of Canadian Literature in English 239
Selected References 266
Selected Studies 268
Index 274
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