1st Edition

Early Modern Diasporas A European History

By Mathilde Monge, Natalia Muchnik Copyright 2022
    284 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    284 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is the first encompassing history of diasporas in Europe between 1500 and 1800. 

    Huguenots, Sephardim, British Catholics, Mennonites, Moriscos, Moravian Brethren, Quakers, Ashkenazim… what do these populations who roamed Europe in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries have in common? Despite an extensive historiography of diasporas, publications have tended to focus on the history of a single diaspora. Each of these groups was part of a community whose connections crossed political and cultural as well as religious borders. Each built dynamic networks through which information, people, and goods circulated. United by a memory of persecution, by an attachment to a homeland—be it real or dreamed—and by economic ties, those groups were nevertheless very diverse. As minorities, they maintained complex relationships with authorities, local inhabitants, and other diasporic populations. This book investigates the tensions they experienced. Between unity and heterogeneity, between mobility and locality, between marginalisation and assimilation, it attempts to reconcile global- and micro-historical approaches.

    The authors provide a comparative view as well as elaborate case studies for scholars, students, and the public who are interested in learning about how the social sciences and history contribute to our understanding of integration, migrations, and religious coexistence.

    Chapter 1. The Tribulations of an "Umbrella Term"

    Chapter 2. Shared Memory, Culture, and Religion

    Chapter 3. Migration and Social Ties

    Chapter 4. Diasporic Metropolises

    Chapter 5. Temporalities and Diasporic Segments

    Chapter 6. Diasporas and Political Authorities

    Chapter 7. Aggregation, Segregation, Neighbouring

    Chapter 8. Minorities in the City

    Chapter 9. Inter-diasporic relationships



    Mathilde Monge is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toulouse (Université Toulouse 2-Jean Jaurès). She has written on Anabaptist minorities in Early Modern Germany and religious coexistence in Europe, and her current research focuses on relief networks of Early Modern diasporas.


    Natalia Muchnik is a Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), in Paris. She has written on religious minorities and diasporas in Early Modern Europe, including Sephardim, Moriscos, Recusants and French Huguenots. Her current research focuses on Early Modern prisons.