What is Migration History?

September 17, 2009

Author: Christiane Harzi and Dirk Hoerder with Donna Gabaccia

Edition: First

Publisher: Polity Press

Pages: 181

Price: £55.00 and £13.99

ISBN: 9780745643366

This short book aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to one of human history’s most important life-cycle choices: migration. Up-to-date and intelligent, it covers an enormous span, both chronologically and conceptually, from the ancient world to the modern; from Asia to Europe and the Americas; from historiography to system theory and intercultural relations.

Who is it for? Intended to introduce students to the complexity of the field in a clear, accessible way.

Presentation: A cheap, short paperback, divided into six clear chapters that are sub-divided for clarity. Very detailed endnotes, but the absence of a bibliography is unfortunate.

Would you recommend it? Yes, in conjunction with Robin Cohen’s Global Diasporas, which offers a neat complement.

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