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The genesis of international mass migration: The British case, 1750-1900

Eric Richards


Very large numbers of people began to depart the British Isles for the New Worlds after about 1770. This was a pioneering movement, a rehearsal for modern international migration. This book contends that emigration history is not seamless, that it contains large shifts over time and place, and that the modern scale and velocity of mobility have very particular historical roots. The Isle of Man is an ideal starting point in the quest for the engines and mechanisms of emigration, and a particular version of the widespread surge in British emigration in the 1820s. West Sussex was much closer to t ... More

Keywords: agrarian turmoil, British emigration, British industrialization, British Isles, emigration history, international migration, Ironbridge/Coalbrookdale district, Isle of Man, Malthusian model, mass migration, New Worlds, North America, North Tipperary, oceanic emigration, rural societies, Scottish Highlands, Shropshire, Wales, West Cork, West Sussex

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526131485
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526131485.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Richards, author
Emeritus Professor of History at Flinders University, Adelaide