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Quality of Life and Early British Migration

Quality of Life and Early British Migration

by Thomas Jordan


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This book discusses the quality of life of early modern Britons emigrating to the New World, which became possible with advances in shipbuilding and long-distance sailing. It examines the status and quality of life of those crossing the Atlantic Ocean under legal contract, the indenture – largely to the Carolinas and the communities adjoining Chesapeake Bay in the USA in the 17th century, and also describes and numerically estimates the quality of life among Britons sentenced to “transportation beyond the seas,” who were transported to Australia in the mid-19th century. The author examines the experience of migrants, both adults and children, traveling to the New World and their fate, drawing on documentary sources like state historical records as well as self-documentation from the few surviving diaries. The book also creates profiles of the quality of life of emigrants by gender and age and places the processes of emigration in the social–political contexts of the 17th and 19th centuries.

By considering ways in which aspects of social life were organized in eras before structural inquiry into the quality of life, the book provides interesting historical perspectives as well as methodological insights. It appeals to researchers and students interested in the quality of life and wellbeing, and in the history of modern Europe, particularly of the British Empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783030330767
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 10/02/2019
Series: SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research
Edition description: 1st ed. 2020
Pages: 76
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Thomas E. Jordan retired from the University of Missouri-St. Louis as Curators' Professor of Child Development (Emeritus). He also served as Dean of the Postgraduate School and then became Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He received the Mellon Foundation Award for his lifetime service to scholarship and the Royal Society of Health competitive research prize he. He has published several books on Dr. William Petty, as well as on the history of Ireland, including a three-volume work on the 19th-century census of Ireland.

Table of Contents

1. Quality of Life; Issues and Procedures.- 2. Seventeenth Century Migrants to North America.- 3. Forced Emigration to the Antipodes.- 4. The Quality of Internal Life.

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