During the last decade studies have indicated that migration has been a normal, structural element of human societies throughout history. Progress in migration and settlement studies under this new paradigm has been so substantial that a new state of the art is needed. This book presents a reconsideration of current theoretical perspectives encompassing enlightened insights in diverging specialisms in the field of migration history, such as slavery studies, ethnic history, macro-economic migration studies, and gypsy studies. The seventeen essays in this volume, written by leading scholars in the field, collectively represent a pioneering effort in migration and settlement studies. They address the problems of ongoing specialization (and hence the need for synthesis) and the difficulties of integrating the consequences of this new paradigm into general histories.
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The Editors: Jan Lucassen (1947) is Director of Research of the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, and Professor of International and Comparative Social History, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Leo Lucassen (1959) is Associate Professor at the History Department of Amsterdam University and Research Director of the research project «Immigrants in the Netherlands, 1860-1960».
«Dieser Band bündelt die methodologischen Debatten der letzten Jahre und versammelt einige ihrer Hauptakteure. Aus diesem Grund empfiehlt sich das Buch für Spezialisten und interessierte Beobachter der historischen Migrationsforschung.» (Tobias Brinkmann, Neue Politische Literatur)
«Il volume costituisce un contributo prezioso agli studi in campo migratorio, sia per la bontà dei singoli saggi che per le idee sottese al piano globale.» (Graziano Tassello, Studi emigrazione)
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