TRANSREGIONAL AND TRANSNATIONAL FAMILIES IN EUROPE AND BEYOND
Experiences Since the Middle Ages
Edited by Christopher H. Johnson, David Warren Sabean, Simon Teuscher and Francesca Trivellato
ISBN 978-0-85745-183-5 $120.00/£75.00 Hb Published (August 2011)
eISBN 978-0-85745-184-2 eBook
“Historians of the family and of Europe will be pleased with this volume of essays.because they push the family well beyond the walls of the house, boundaries of property, and genograms of relations…Together, the contributors to this insightful collection offer multiple points of contact to the reader of European history.” · The Journal of Modern History
“The book is an impressive accomplishment that will be useful to scholars in a variety of fields.” · The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
“The fundamental strength of this anthology lies precisely in its hubris. It invites the reader to put on a new and different set of glasses that reveal connections between kinship and historical turning points in ways never really considered before. Kinship takes on an agency that discombobulates the imperial and national geographies most historians take for granted.” · Beshara Doumani, University of California, Berkeley
“[This volume] deals with a worthy and relatively unexplored topic through an admirably diverse array of chronological and geographical contexts. Like many other subjects, kinship needs to be understood outside of the traditional bounds of national history, and this work is an important step in that direction. … [T]he research is solid and well-founded.” · Jason Tebbe, Stephen F. Austin State University
While the current discussion of ethnic, trade, and commercial diasporas, global networks, and transnational communities constantly makes reference to the importance of families and kinship groups for understanding the dynamics of dispersion, few studies examine the nature of these families in any detail. This book, centered largely on the European experience of families scattered geographically, challenges the dominant narratives of modernization by offering a long-term perspective from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century. Paradoxically, “transnational families” are to be found long before the nation-state was in place.
Christopher H. Johnson is Professor Emeritus of History and member of the Academy of Scholars at Wayne State University.
David Warren Sabean is Henry J. Bruman Professor of German History at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Simon Teuscher is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Zurich.
Francesca Trivellato is Professor of History at Yale University.
LC: HQ611.T736 2011BISAC: HIS010000 HISTORY/Europe/General; HIS037030 HISTORY/Modern/General; HIS054000 HISTORY/Social HistoryBIC: HBTB Social & cultural history; JHBK Sociology: family & relationships
List of Figures
Introduction: Rethinking European Kinship: Trans-regional and Transnational Families
David Warren Sabean and Simon Teuscher
Chapter 1. The Historical Emergence and Massification of International Families in Europe and its Diaspora
Jose C. Moya
Section I. The Medieval and Early Modern Experience
Chapter 2. Mamluk and Ottoman Political Households: An Alternative Model of ‘Kinship’ and ‘Family’
Chapter 3. From Local Signori to European High Nobility: The Gonzaga Family Networks in the Fifteenth Century
Chapter 4. Property Regimes and Migration of Patrician Families in Western Europe around 1500
Chapter 5. Trans-dynasticism at the Dawn of the Modern Era: Kinship Dynamics among Ruling Families
Chapter 6. Marriage, Commercial Capital, and Business Agency: Trans-regional Sephardic (and Armenian) Families in the Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Mediterranean
Chapter 7. Those in Between: Princely Families on the Margins of the Great Powers—The Franco-German Frontier, 1477-1830
Chapter 8. Spiritual Kinship: The Moravians as an International Fellowship of Brothers and Sisters (1730s-1830s)
Section II. Modernity
Chapter 9. Families of Empires and Nations: Phanariot Hanedans from the Ottoman Empire to the World Around It (1669-1856)
Chapter 10. Into the World: Kinship and Nation-Building in France, 1750-1885
Christopher H. Johnson
Chapter 11. German International Families in the Nineteenth Century: The Siemens Family as a Thought Experiment
David Warren Sabean
Chapter 12. The Culture of Caribbean Migration to Britain in the 1950s
Chapter 13. Exile, Familial Ideology, and Gender Roles in Palestinian Camps in Jordan since 1948
Stéphanie Latte Abdallah
Chapter 14. Mirror Image of Family Relations: Social Links between Patel Migrants in Britain and India
Mario Rutten and Pravin J. Patel
Notes on Contributors