Migrants and urban change : newcomers to Antwerp, 1760-1860 /
by Anne Winter.
London : Pickering & Chatto, 2009.
x, 318 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
1851966463 (hbk.), 9781851966462 (hbk.)
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London : Pickering & Chatto, 2009.
1851966463 (hbk.)
9781851966462 (hbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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'a major study which all European urban historians as well as migration specialists, will need to read and ponder.'
'offers a genuine contribution to history'
'Winter proves her theories with an astonishing amount of data, both on an individual and on an aggregate level, from a very diverse range of historical source material. Moreover, many additional graphs and analyses are added in the appendices. This makes the book a great aid for every historian concerned with urban social history.'
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Taking the Belgian city of Antwerp as her case study, Anne Winter argues that the direction of 19th-century societal change was such as to make some migrant groups better suited to reap the benefits of new urban opportunities than local people.
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Nineteenth-Century Studies, Economic History, Human Geography
Main Description
Migration has long been considered an essentially modern phenomenon that only took off during the long nineteenth century when Europe transformed from a largely rural and agricultural society into a highly urbanized and industrialized one. Over the last few decades, research in different areas has led to significant revisions of this powerful image of a one-off rural-urban population transfer. Instead, it is found that population movement was a longer-established tradition, was often a temporary state, and that urban growth was much more reliant on more natural increases in the population.Of paramount importance in this study is the identification of what constitutes continuity and what embodies change, for disentangling the dynamics of migratory patterns demands an understanding of migration as a multi-layered phenomenon, bound up with societal conditions, social relations and individual aspirations. The often local and seasonal migratory patterns of the early modern period would only have been abandoned if they had become untenable.Taking the Belgian city of Antwerp as her case-study, Winter argues that the direction of nineteenth century societal change was such as to make some groups of people better suited to reap the benefits of new opportunities. Between 1760 and 1860 the city underwent a profound transformation from a middle-sized regional textile centre to a booming international port town of more than 120,000 inhabitants. This profound change makes Antwerp an ideal case from which to track the dynamics of migration and Winter uses this to formulate more general insights, leading up to modern-day economic migrations.
Table of Contents
Explaining Migration
Migration in the Urban Transition
Migration to a Regional Textile Centre, 1760-18004 Migration to a Port in the Making, 1800-18605 Circuits, Networks and Trajectories
Source Materials, Samples and Classifications
Additional Tables pertaining to Chapters 3-5
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