Globalising Migration History

The Eurasian Experience (16th-21st Centuries)


Editors: Jan Lucassen and Leo Lucassen
Globalizing Migration History is a major step forward in comparative global migration history. Looking at the period 1500-2000 it presents a new universal method to quantify and qualify cross-cultural migrations, which makes it possible to detect regional trends and explain differences in migration patterns across the globe in the last half millennium. The contributions in this volume, written by specialists on Russia, China, Japan, India, Indonesia and South East Asia, show that such a method offers a fruitful starting point for rigorous comparisons. Furthermore the volume is an explicit invitation to other (economic, cultural, social and political) historians to include migration more explicitly and systematically in their analyses, and thus reach a deeper understanding of the impact of cross-cultural migrations on social change. Contributors are: Sunil Amrith, Ulbe Bosma, Gijs Kessler, Jelle van Lottum, Jan Lucassen, Leo Lucassen, Mireille Mazard, Adam McKeown, Atsushi Ota, Vijaya Ramaswamy,Osamu Saito, Jianfa Shen, Ryuto Shimada, Willard Sunderland, and Yuki Umeno.
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Biographical Note

Jan Lucassen (PhD Utrecht University, 1984) is Emeritus Professor of Social History of the Free University in Amsterdam and as research fellow attached to the International Institute of Social History. His research focusses on labour migration and the history of work. Leo Lucassen (PhD Leiden University, 1990) is Professor of Social and Economic History at the Institute for History of Leiden University. His work concentrates on global migration history, urban studies and social engineering.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements, Jan Lucassen & Leo Lucassen About the Authors List of Tables, Figures and Maps List of Abbreviations SECTION 1: EUROPE AND SIBERIA Measuring and Quantifying Cross-Cultural Migrations: An Introduction, Jan Lucassen & Leo Lucassen Catherine’s Dilemma: Resettlement and Power in Russia 1500s-1914, Willard Sunderland Measuring Mmigration in Russia: A Perspective of Empire, 1500-1900, Gijs Kessler SECTION 2: SOUTH ASIA Mapping Migrations of South Indian Weavers before, during and after the Vijayanagar Period: Tthirteenth to Eighteenth Centuries, Vijaya Ramaswamy South Indian Migration, c. 1800-1950, Sunil S. Amrith SECTION 3: SOUTH EAST ASIA Migration and Colonial Enterprise in Nineteenth Century Java, Ulbe Bosma Toward Cities, Seas, and Jungles: Migration in the Malay Archipelago, c. 1750-1850, Atsushi Ota The Art of (not) Looking Back: Reconsidering Lisu Migrations and “Zomia”, Mireille Mazard Migration in an Aage of Change: The Migration Effect of Decolonization and iIndustrialization in Indonesia, c. 1900-2000, Jelle van Lottum SECTION 4: EAST ASIA A Different Transition: Human Mobility in China, 1600-1900, Adam McKeown Han Chinese Immigrants in Manchuria, 1850-1931, Yuki Umeno From Mao to the Present: Migration in China since the Second World War, Jianfa Shen Cross-Cultural Migrations in Japan in a Comparative Perspective, 1600-2000, Leo Lucassen, Osamu Saito, and Ryuto Shimada SECTION 5: CONCLUSION Summary and Concluding Remarks, Jan Lucassen & Leo Lucassen References Name index Geographical index Subject index


All interested in global history, migration history, and the comparative social and economic history of Europe and Asia, more specifically China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Russia and Europe.