People in Transit: German Migrations in Comparative Perspective, 1820-1930

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The demographic shockwaves of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Europe produced tremendous change in the national economies and affected the political, social, and cultural development of these societies. Within the past two decades, migration historians began to connect the various European migratory streams during this period with transcontinental migration to North America. This volume contains empirical studies on German in-migration, internal migration, and transatlantic emigration from the 1820s to the 1930s, placed in a comparative perspective of Polish, Swedish, and Irish migration to North America. Special emphasis is placed on the role of women in the process of migration. By looking specifically at contemporary Germany, Klaus J. Bade underscores the relevance of this history in a concluding essay.
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"...[this] superb collection of essays...provides vivid confirmation of the invaluable current contributions by German scholars to these subjects....Hoerder's and Nagler's collection will be read with great profit, both for its contributions to migration theory and for the rich data it contains." American Historical Review

"This collection of well-researched essays, mostly written by native German scholars, probes deeply into the many facets of German migration and its causes..." The Journal of American History

"...the volume marks a welcome expansion of the horizons in German migration history and brings to light some exciting and seminal scholarship....The contributions are conscientiously and competently edited, prefaced with a very useful interpretative essay by Hoerder, and furnished with a ten-page index. They will no doubt inspire further research and fuel the ongoing scholarly debate." International History Review

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 German Emigration Research, North, South, and East: Findings, Methods, and Open Questions 19
2 Colonist Traditions and Nineteenth-Century Emigration from East Elbian Prussia 35
3 Overseas Emigration from Mecklenburg-Strelitz: The Geographic and Social Contexts 57
4 Emigration from Regierungsbezirk Frankfurt/Oder, 1815-1893 79
5 Preserving or Transforming Role? Migrants and Polish Territories in the Era of Mass Migrations 101
6 Traveling Workers and the German Labor Movement 127
7 Migration in Duisburg, 1821-1914 147
8 In-Migration and Out-Migration in an Area of Heavy Industry: The Case of Georgsmarienhutte, 1856-1870 177
9 Foreign Workers in and around Bremen, 1884-1918 201
10 The International Marriage Market: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives 227
11 Making Service Serve Themselves: Immigrant Women and Domestic Service in North America, 1850-1920 249
12 German Domestic Servants in America, 1850-1914: A New Look at German Immigrant Women's Experiences 267
13 Acculturation of Immigrant Women in Chicago at the Turn of the Twentieth Century 295
14 Communicating the Old and the New: German Immigrant Women and Their Press in Comparative Perspective around 1900 313
15 Return Migration to an Urban Center: The Example of Bremen, 1850-1914 329
16 Migration, Ethnicity, and Working-Class Formation: Passaic, New Jersey, 1889-1926 347
17 Changing Gender Roles and Emigration: The Example of German Jewish Women and Their Emigration to the United States, 1933-1945 379
Conclusion: Migration Past and Present - The German Experience 399
Research on the German Migrations, 1820s to 1930s: A Report on the State of German Scholarship 413
Index 423
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