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Ireland, Sweden and the Great European Migration free pdf This book is the product of Donald Akenson's forty years of research and writing on Irish social history and its relationship to the Irish diaspora - and it is also the product of about sixty-five years of trying to figure out where Swedish-America actually came from, and why. These two matters, he shows, are intimately related. Ireland and Sweden each provide a tight case study of a larger phenomenon, one that, for better or worse, shaped the modern world: the Great European Diaspora of the 'true' nineteenth century. Akenson's book parts company with the great bulk of recent emigration research by employing sharp transnational comparisons and by situating the two case studies in the larger context of the Great European Migration and in the even bigger issue of what constitutes a diaspora, and how the concept of diaspora has become central to twenty-first century transnational studies. He argues (against the increasing refusal of mainline historians to use empirical data bases) that the history community still has a lot to learn from economic historians- and, simultaneously, that (despite the self-confidence of their proponents) narrow, economically based explanations of the Great European Migration leave out many of the most important aspects of the whole complex transaction. He believes that culture and economic matters both count, and that leaving either one on the margins of explanation yields no valid explanation at all.

About Donald Harman Akenson

Donald Harman Akenson is currently Douglas Professor of Canadian and Colonial History at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. He was also beamish Research Professor of Migration Studies at the University of Liverpool from 1997-2004 and Honorary Professor at the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen. Akenson has received six honorary doctorates for his scholarly work.

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Author : Donald Harman Akenson
Publisher : Liverpool University Press
Data Published : 01 May 2011
ISBN : 1846316618
EAN : 9781846316616
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 320 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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