History, Department of


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The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 69, No. 4 (December 1997), pp. 880-882


Published by The University of Chicago Press. Used by permission.


Studies in the international migration of peoples have advanced remarkably in the past quarter century. As recently as the 1960s scholars were still trying to shoehorn immigration history into the confines of Frederick Jackson Turner’s frontier thesis. Since then scholars on both sides of the Atlantic have laid new conceptual foundations, developed new modes of analysis, and thus opened a new subfield of historical research. New scholarly journals in migration studies have appeared and new research centers have been created, especially in German universities. These investments have stimulated the publication of numerous books and articles. The German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., has contributed importantly to this scholarship by sponsoring the publication of this and several other collections of essays relating to migration history.