Global Migration History

Course Description: examines human mobility from the early modern period to the present. Challenging popular assumptions about who migrates and why, it explores mobility as a fundamental element of how empires, states and societies function. Special attention will be paid to cross-cultural connections made possible by migrant populations, questioning whether “globalization” is only a twentieth century phenomenon. The course provides a basic knowledge of major global migration movements, from the Mongols and the Silk Road to the Atlantic slave trade, twentieth century labor migrations and contemporary issues such as trafficking, statelessness and diaspora politics.

Course Syllabus (Spring 2011)

Sample Lesson: A Legitimate Trade? Privateering and Comparative Piracy Systems

Sample Lesson: The Problem with “Women Who Wait:” Gender and Radical Politics in Mediterranean Diasporas