Studies in Global Migration History


Historiography has long considered states and other organizations central actors in the making of history. Migrants, men and women and sometimes children, cross state borders in pursuit of life-projects or, at the minimum, of secure incomes – option the state of birth does not provide. Involuntary migrants, refugees, exiles, those escaping natural disasters also cross borders. So do forced migrants from slaves and indentured servants in the past, to trafficked human beings in the present. All use their agency to re-establish life-courses, re-unite with family, re-construct social networks or innovatively create new ones. Migrants change statewide history by withdrawing their capabilities from one unsatisfactory polity and adding it to another. They seek options to invest their human capital; they never hoped for unlimited opportunities. Migration history is political history. It is also economic history – the 17th- and 18th-century world system, the plantation belt and extractive industries in particular, would not have existed without forced migration of slaves and voluntary migration of the owners of capital. States militarily sustained this order. In the present whole states are dependent on migrants’ remittances, other societies on the caregiving labor of migrants. Which economic and political regimes force women and men to depart, which attract them? Migration is and has been global, macro-regional, micro-regional – the levels interact across continents. Migrants’ lives and the societies they change or, even, create, are transcultural.
The peer-reviewed book series Studies in Global Migration History emphasizes research that addresses agency that neither begins nor ends in only one state. It intends to replace traditional centeredness on Europe by perspectives including all macro-regions of the world and movements between them. It privileges interdisciplinary approaches and studies of uneven developments of societies and regions. It focusses on agency ‘from below’ within constraint frames and option provided by economic and stateside frames as well as by new and old elites.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts to either the series editor Dirk Hoerder or the publisher at BRILL, Wendel Scholma.

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This is a subseries of Studies in Global Social History.
Series Editor:
Dirk Hoerder, University of Arizona, Phoenix, AR, USA

Editorial Board:
Bridget Anderson, University of Oxford
Adam Hanieh, SOAS, University of London
Immanuel Ness, City University of New York
Jose Moya, Barnard College, Columbia University
Brenda Yeoh, National University of Singapore
Vazira Fazila-Yacoobaliis Zamindar, Brown University
Min Zhou, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore