The Great Departure

The Great Departure

Mass Migration From Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World

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Between 1846 and 1940, more than 50 million Europeans moved to the Americas, irrevocably changing both their new homes and the ones they left behind. In this groundbreaking study, Tara Zahra explores the deeper story of this astonishing movement of people—one of the largest in human history.The great exodus out of Eastern Europe hollowed out villages with dizzying speed. As villages emptied and the fear of depopulation ran rampant, anxiety over “American fever” prevailed, leading to the scapegoating of Jewish emigration agents. Yet others saw vast opportunity: to seed colonies of migrants like the Polish community in Argentina, to gain economic advantage from an inflow of foreign currency, or to reshape their communities in a new land. In the United States, their migration fostered the notion of the “land of the free.” Globally, the policies that gave shape to this migration provided the precedent for future events such as the Holocaust, the closing of the Iron Curtain, and the tragedies of ethnic cleansing.A sweeping history of the most consequential social phenomenon of the twentieth century, The Great Departure gives poignant attention to the individuals whose lives were transformed by these decades of mass departure, and a keen historical perspective on their continuing legacy.
A panoramic, eye-opening history of the vast migration of Eastern Europeans to the West by a recent winner of a MacArthur Fellowship.

Baker & Taylor
Describes the mass exodus of more than 50 million Europeans who left their villages for the U.S. between 1846 and 1940 and discusses the consequences of this influx on both the immigrants' new homes and the ones they left behind.

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One of the greatest migrations in human history, between 1846 and 1940, 55-58 million Europeans moved to North and South America. At the exodus’s peak, in the first decade of the twentieth century, Austria-Hungary sent the biggest number of migrants packing. Zahra cites one of the most consequential political discoveries of nineteenth-century European states, mostly ignored: people can be “scientifically” managed like any other natural resource. Emigration can be manipulated and encouraging people to stay or go can be used as an instrument of policy to serve both domestic and international goals. While the mass migration narrative generally accepts the premise that more mobility means more freedom, reality questions the idea that emigration should be unrestricted and moving will lead to freedom/prosperity. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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Chronicles the mass exodus of over fifty million Europeans who left their villages for the Americas between 1846 and 1940 and discusses the consequences of this influx on both the immigrants' new homes and the ones they left behind.
"A panoramic, eye-opening history of the vast migration of Eastern Europeans to the West by a recent winner of a MacArthur Fellowship. Between 1846 and 1940, more than 50 million Europeans moved to the Americas, irrevocably changing both their new lands and the ones they left behind. Their immigration fostered an idea of the 'land of the free,' and yet more than a third returned home again. In a groundbreaking study, Tara Zahra brilliantly explores the deeper story of this unprecedented movement of people. As villages emptied, some blamed traffickers in human labor, targeting Jewish emigration agents. Others saw opportunity: to seed colonies of migrants like the Polish community in Argentina, or to gain economic advantage from an inflow of foreign currency, or to reshape their populations by encouraging the emigration of minorities. These precedents would shape the Holocaust, the closing of the Iron Curtain, and tragedies of ethnic cleansing, while also forming notions of social solidarity, human rights,and freedom--whether it be the freedom to move or the freedom to stay home"--Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393078015
0393078019
Branch Call Number: 304.87 Z13g
Characteristics: 392 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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