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Transregional and Transnational Families in Europe and Beyond: Experiences Since the Middle Ages

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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

372 pages, 10 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-0-85745-183-5 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (August 2011)

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The organizers and editors of the various panels and the books editors are to be congratulated for bringing together such a diverse group of scholars into a globaldiscussion… The present volume stands as a pioneering effort to guide scholars towards the goal [of pointed theoretical questions for comparative study]…The book is nicely put together.”  ·  Journal of Social History

“…The volume [is] an accomplished and diligent work, a touchstone to teach us about the limits of anthropological engagement. The ‘lively exchange’ between history and anthropology will only take place when anthropologists will take seriously the contributions made herein and apply them to the fields of migration studies, transnationalism and mobility.”  ·  Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale


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.

Subject: History (General) Refugee and Migration Studies
Area: Europe


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’
Gabriel Piterberg

Chapter 3. From Local Signori to European High Nobility: The Gonzaga Family Networks in the Fifteenth Century
Christina Antenhofer

Chapter 4. Property Regimes and Migration of Patrician Families in Western Europe around 1500
Simon Teuscher

Chapter 5. Trans-dynasticism at the Dawn of the Modern Era: Kinship Dynamics among Ruling Families
Michaela Hohkamp

Chapter 6. Marriage, Commercial Capital, and Business Agency: Trans-regional Sephardic (and Armenian) Families in the Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Mediterranean
Francesca Trivellato

Chapter 7. Those in Between: Princely Families on the Margins of the Great Powers—The Franco-German Frontier, 1477-1830
Jonathan Spangler

Chapter 8. Spiritual Kinship: The Moravians as an International Fellowship of Brothers and Sisters (1730s-1830s)
Gisele Mettele

Section II. Modernity

Chapter 9. Families of Empires and Nations: Phanariot Hanedans from the Ottoman Empire to the World Around It (1669-1856)
Christine Philliou

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
Mary Chamberlain

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

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