Entangling Migration History

“A stimulating collection of new scholarship that brings together three approaches to the history of migration–comparative, transnational, and borderlands–to tell histories of connection across geopolitical boundaries.”—Jordan Stanger-Ross, author of Staying Italian: Urban Change and Ethnic Life in Postwar Toronto and Philadelphia

“Highlights how migrants shaped local, regional, and transnational connections across time, place, and ethnicities.”—Stephanie Bangarth, author of Voices Raised in Protest: Defending North American Citizens of Japanese Ancestry, 1942-49

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For almost two centuries North America has been a major destination for international migrants, but from the late nineteenth century onward, governments began to regulate borders, set immigration quotas, and define categories of citizenship. Entangling Migration History: Borderlands and Transnationalism in the United States and Canada edited by Benjamin Bryce and Alexander Freund highlights the complexities of migration. The contributors focus on people born in the United States and Canada who migrated to the other country, as well as Japanese, Chinese, German, and Mexican migrants who came to the United States and Canada. These case studies go beyond the confines of national historiographies to situate the history of North America in an international context.

By including local, national, and transnational perspectives, the editors emphasize the value of tracking connections over large spaces and political boundaries and, in so doing, present rich new scholarship to the field. This volume ultimately contends that crucial issues in the United States and Canada, such as labor, economic growth, and ideas about the racial or religious makeup of the nations, are shaped by the two countries’ connections to each other and the surrounding world.

Benjamin Bryce is assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Northern British Columbia. Alexander Freund is professor of history and chair in German-Canadian Studies at the University of Winnipeg. He is the editor of Beyond the Nation? Immigrants’ Local Lives in Transnational Cultures and coeditor of Oral History and Photography.

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