Migration and the European City

Social and Cultural Perspectives from Early Modernity to the Present

Christoph Cornelissen, Beat Kuemin, Massimo Rospocher (edd)

Series: Studies in Early Modern and Contemporary European History (SEMC)
Number: 5
Publisher: De Gruyter Oldenbourg
Place of publication: Berlin/Boston
Year: 2022


Price: € 82.95
ISBN:ISBN 978-3-11-077822-9


Looking back over the centuries, migration has always formed an important part of human existence. Spatial mobility emerges as a key driver of urban evolution, characterized by situation-specific combinations of opportunities, restrictions, and fears. This collection of essays investigates interactions between European cities and migration between the early modern period and the present. Building on conceptual approaches from history, sociology, and cultural studies, twelve contributions focus on policies, representations, and the impact on local communities more generally.

Combining case-studies and theoretical reflections, the volume’s contributions engage with a variety of topics and disciplinary perspectives yet also with several common themes. One revolves around problems of definition, both in terms of demarcating cities from their surroundings and of distinguishing ‘proper’ migration from other forms of short- and long-distance mobility. Further shared concerns include the integration of multiple analytical scales, contextual factors, and diachronic variables (such as urbanization, industrialization, and the digital revolution).



Christoph Cornelissen, Beat Kümin, Massimo Rospocher
Introduction: Migration and the European City

I. Overviews

Claus Leggewie
Migration and Cities Today

Susanne Rau
“Parcours” and Maps
Exploring and Capturing Evolving Urban Spaces in Early Modern Europe

II. Communities

Serena Luzzi
Migration, Identity, Urban Society
The German Community in Trento (Fifteenth to Seventeenth Centuries)

Philip Hahn
(Dis)connecting Mobilities
Exploring Global Entanglements in the Early Modern German Town

Camille Creyghton
Strangers in the Salon
Exile Politics in Paris in the 1830s and 1840s

Panikos Panayi
Migration and the Making of the World Capital

III. Policies

Marco Schnyder
Prove Your Origin
The Importance of Identity Documents for Swiss Migrants in the Eighteenth-Century Republic of Venice and Savoyard States

Beate Althammer
Whose Freedom of Movement?
Immigration Control in Nineteenth-Century Prussian Cities

Sarah Hackett, Brian Shaev, Pål Brunnström, Robert Nilsson Mohammadi
Variants, Race Relations, and Trend-Setters
Postwar Dortmund, Bristol, and Malmö in National Migration Histories

IV. Representations

Rosa Salzberg
The Sounds of a “Migropolis”
Listening to Early Modern Venice

David Do Paço
Migrations and Super-Diversity in Eighteenth-Century Trieste

Antony Taylor
“Urban Dreaming”
Memories of the City in Migrant Discourses of Separation and Exodus to Australia and New Zealand, 1850–1930



  • Migration
  • Mobility
  • Urban History
  • European History