Histories of Migration: From the North Atlantic to the Global Turn

Michael Goebel

HI113 | Spring | 6 ECTS

This seminar provides an overview over the major scholarly trends in the burgeoning field of migration history; and then proceeds to test different theoretical and methodological approaches on the basis of comparative historical case studies, focusing on long-distance migration in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Students will thus learn about the history of some of the best-known countries of mass immigration, such as the United States and Argentina, but also familiarize themselves with examples of other types of migration in other world regions, such as indentured laborers in South(east) Asia and the Caribbean. The ultimate aim is twofold: First, debate the extent to which migration in the period that we study should be analyzed as a single phenomenon at all; second, learn about the reasons for and the long-term consequences of migration for our contemporary world.