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Migrations and Diasporas

Susanne Lachenicht

in Atlantic History

ISBN: 9780199730414
Published online August 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199730414-0122
Migrations and Diasporas

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Between 1492 and 1866 millions of people crossed the Atlantic—from Africa’s west coast (from 1500 to 1866, an estimated 12 million people) and from western and central Europe (from 1500 to 1783, an estimated 1.4 million people)—in order to resettle (or be resettled) in the so-called New World. The age of mass migrations of Europeans only started in the 18th century, followed by the immigration of Asians and eastern Europeans, mostly from the 19th century onward. The literature on Atlantic migrations and diasporas is vast. This bibliography is and has to be selective and will provide more recently published materials on Atlantic migrations and diasporas for the early modern period and for the northern Atlantic. More recent research on so-called religious diasporas or the migrations of specific ethnic groups makes evident that attributions such as “religious diaspora” or “German” or “French” can be problematic, as most of these migrating groups were more heterogenous than previous scholarship might have suggested. Nonetheless, this bibliography includes specific sections on various “religious diasporas” in the Atlantic world, German migrations (even if they included Swiss or French people), and the “Black Atlantic” (despite the many creoles among slaves being deported from Africa to the Americas).

Article.  6613 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas ; European History ; African History ; History ; Regional and National History

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