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Volume 13

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Migrations in the German Lands, 1500-2000

Edited by Jason Coy, Jared Poley, and Alexander Schunka

270 pages, 4 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-144-2 $110.00/£78.00 Hb Published (September 2016)

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“…a well-curated volume that seeks to both elaborate on known historical themes and to provide a critical counterpoint to the discussion of immigration and migration today… [This] book is topical and indispensable, providing a wide-ranging and critical discussion. This text stretches across disciplines and is a crossroads for multiple scholars within migration studies. Migrations in the German Lands, 1500-2000 is a significant work for scholars, both now and in the future.” · International Social Science Review

“This well-edited, well-written volume represents an important contribution to migration history. Its distinctiveness lies both in its focus on immigration to and within Germany—as opposed to German emigration to other lands—and its unusually broad chronological range, including a welcome emphasis on the early modern period.” · James Melton, Emory University


Migration to, from, and within German-speaking lands has been a dynamic force in Central European history for centuries. Exemplifying some of the most exciting recent research on historical mobility, the essays collected here reconstruct the experiences of vagrants, laborers, religious exiles, refugees, and other migrants during the last five hundred years of German history. With diverse contributions ranging from early modern martyrdom to post–Cold War commemoration efforts, this volume identifies revealing commonalities shared by different eras while also placing the German case within the broader contexts of European and global migration.

Jason Coy is Professor of History at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. He is the author of Strangers and Misfits: Banishment, Social Control, and Authority in Early Modern Germany (2008) and co-editor of the Spektrum volume Kinship, Community, and Self (2014).

Jared Poley is Professor of History at Georgia State University. He is the author of Decolonization in Germany: Weimar Narratives of Colonial Loss and Foreign Occupation (2005) and The Devil’s Riches: A Modern History of Greed (2016). He is a co-editor of the Spektrum collections Conversion and the Politics of Religion in Early Modern Germany (2012) and Kinship, Community, and Self (2014).

Alexander Schunka is Professor in Early Modern History at the Friedrich Meinecke Institute, Freie Universität of Berlin. He previously taught History at the Universities of Stuttgart and Erfurt. He is the author of Soziales Wissen und dörfliche Welt (2000) and Gäste, die bleiben (2006).

Subject: General History General Mobility Studies Refugee & Migration Studies
Area: Germany


List of Tables

Introduction: Migration in the German Lands: An Introduction
Alexander Schunka

Chapter 1. Martyrdom and its Discontents: The Martyr as a Motif of Migration in Early Modern Europe
Andrew McKenzie-McHarg

Chapter 2. Penal Migration in Early Modern Germany
Jason Coy

Chapter 3. No Return? From Temporary Exile to Permanent Immigration in the Early Modern Era
Alexander Schunka

Chapter 4. Inventing Immigrant Traditions in Eighteenth-Century Germany: The Huguenots in Context
Ulrich Niggemann

Chapter 5. Between Economic Interest and Nationalism: The Policy Regarding Polish Seasonal Rural Workers in the German Empire before 1914
Roland Gehrke

Chapter 6. Elite Migration to Germany: The Anglo-American Colony in Dresden before World War I
Nadine Zimmerli

Chapter 7. Immigration in Weimar Germany
Jochen Oltmer

Chapter 8. Coming Home? The Return of Italian and German Jews to their Countries of Origin after the Holocaust
Anna Koch

Chapter 9. On the Move and Putting Down Roots: Transnationalism and Integration among Yugoslav Guest Workers in West Germany
Christopher A. Molnar

Chapter 10. Sifting Germans from Yugoslavs: Co-Ethnic Selection, Danube Swabian Migrants, and the Contestation of Aussiedler Immigration in West Germany in the 1950s and 1960s
Jannis Panagiotidis

Chapter 11. Staging Immigration History as Urban History: A New ‘lieu de mémoire’?
Bettina Severin-Barboutie

Jared Poley


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