1st Edition

Immigrants and Foreigners in Central and Eastern Europe during the Twentieth Century

ISBN 9780367085827
Published February 21, 2020 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

Immigrants and Foreigners in Central and Eastern Europe during the Twentieth Century challenges widespread conceptions of Central and Eastern European countries as merely countries of origin. It sheds light on their experience of immigration and the establishment of refugee regimes at different stages in the history of the region.

The book brings together a variety of case studies on Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia, and the experiences of return migrants from the United States, displaced Hungarian Jews, desperate German social democrats, resettled Magyars, resourceful tourists, labour migrants, and Zionists. In doing so, it highlights and explores the variety of experience across different forms of immigration and discusses its broader social and political framework.

Presenting the challenges within the history of immigration in Eastern Europe and considering both immigration to the region and emigration from it, Immigrants and Foreigners in Central and Eastern Europe during the Twentieth Century provides a new perspective on, and contribution to, this ongoing subject of debate.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Refugees and Migrants: Perceptions and Categorizations of Moving People 1789–1938

Michael G. Esch

Chapter 2: Return Migration and Social Disruption in the Polish Second Republic: A Reassessment of Resettlement Regimes

Keely Stauter-Halsted

Chapter 3: Jewish Railway Car Dwellers in 1920s Hungary: Citizenship and UprootednessIlse

Josepha Lazaroms

Chapter 4: ‘In the long run, people will go down here’. Refugees from Nazi Germany in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s

Kateřina Čapková

Chapter 5: Communities of Resettlement: Integrating Migrants from the Czechoslovak–Hungarian Population Exchange in Post-war Hungary

Leslie Waters

Chapter 6: Passports and Profits: Foreigners on the Trade Routes of the Polish People’s Republic (PPR)

Jerzy Kochanowski

Chapter 7: Socialist Mobility, Postcolonialism and Global Solidarity: The Movement of People from the Global South to Socialist Hungary

Péter Apor

Chapter 8: Migration, Gender and Family: A Bottom-Up Perspective on Migration, Return Migration and Nation-building in 1950s Poland and Israel

Marcos Silber

Chapter 9: East-Central Europe and the Making of the Modern Refugee

Peter Gatrell


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odzimierz Borodziej is Professor of History at Warsaw University, Poland, and Joachim von Puttkamer is Professor of Eastern European History at Jena University, Germany, and co-director of the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, Germany.