Humans have been on the move for millennia. They have done so slowly as well as quickly, sometimes involuntarily, sometimes transported by force, often relocated at great cost in lives, but they have always moved. Over the centuries, improved transportation has eased the movement, even in the face of man-made or natural obstacles. But in modern times, migration has accelerated and its reach has become truly global.Whether it is Turkish gastarbeiter in Germany, Japanese Nisei in Seattle, Filipinos in Kuwait, or Haitians in Brooklyn, the costs and benefits of human mobility on such a wide and rapid scale are hotly debated. Global History and Migrations, the second volume of the Global History Series, explores the historical background of this issue by focusing on recent history, a time when human movements have been at their most dynamic. This book provides a rich, cross-cultural foundation for a more enlightened understanding of migration and its role in the unfolding shape of global history.
Migration History: Some Patterns Revisited -- Moving Europeans in the Globalizing World: Contemporary Migrations in a Historical-Comparative Perspective (1955–1994 v. 1870–1914) -- Africa and Global Patterns of Migration -- The Global Migration Crisis -- Diasporas, the Nation-State, and Globalisation -- Migrant Workers, Markets, and the Law -- Of Migration, Great Cities, and Markets: Global Systems of Development -- Uncertain Globalization: Refugee Movements in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century -- Travel, Migration, and Images of Social Life -- Global Movements, Global Walls: Responses to Migration, 1885–1925