Ireland, Sweden and the Great European Migration
Donald Harman Akenson
Donald Harman Akenson is currently Douglas Professor of Canadian and Colonial History at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. He was also beamish Research Professor of Migration Studies at the University of Liverpool from 1997-2004 and Honorary Professor at the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen. Akenson has received six honorary doctorates for his scholarly work.
1. Introduction 2. Were They in the Same Boat 3. Shouldn't They Be Leaving in Droves? 4. Leading Sectors: Sweden 5. Leading Sectors: Ireland 6. Deprivation and Famine 7. After Axial Stress 8. Convergence as Success 9. A Most Controlled Country 10. Open Verdicts 11. Epilogue Select Bibliography Index
Akenson’s book will be challenging, but rewarding for any genealogist seeking a deeper understanding of migration.
National Genealogical Society Quarterly
Ireland. Sweden and the Great European Migration is a vital and thought-provoking read, not only for the scholar interested in Ireland's and Sweden's history and migration and European history and migration more generally, but also comparative endeavours.
Australasian Journal of Irish Studies 12
University of Otago
Ireland, Sweden and the Great European Migration is a vital and thought-provoking read, not only for the scholar interested in Ireland’s and Sweden’s history and migration and European history and migration more generally, but also comparative endeavours.
Angela McCarthy Australasian Journal of Irish Studies 12
University of Otago
This is a masterful economic-demographic study by a master of that approach. As such, emigrant voices usually count for little, for as has been argued, statistics do not bleed—neither do they tell the claims of a steamship agent, cheer the arrival of an “America letter,” or breathe with both sadness and hope as the ship turns from the coast and the beloved but wretched homeland fades in the distance.
Mark Wyman The American Historical Review Volume 117, Issue 4
Akenson has presented us with an insightful and engaging book whose greatest weakness is its miniscule typeface; the fact that I was nonetheless willing to pore over its every page is testimony enough to the quality of its content.
Walter D. Kamphoefner Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, 45:4
...a splendid work that will well reward the attention of anyone interested in the practice of history.
Literary Review of Canada
...a remarkable text that weaves statistical analysis with incisive historiographical commentary to produce a lively argument. Highly recommended.
D. H. Akenson is widely regarded as the most distinguished scholar of the history of the Irish diaspora, and justifiably so, given his enormous range of interests and his impressive list of books and scholarly articles. What characterises the Akenson approach is an engaging style of writing, a deep and seeming insatiable curiosity about the structures of the past—and how we should understand the complexities of this past on its own terms—and a lightness of touch when it comes to statistics. All these elements are evident in this excellent book…The true measure of the quality of a work of scholarship like this one is to get people to think, and this Akenson does this with admirable skill and cleverness.
This monumental study clearly will have a huge impact in the field. Typically of Akenson, an original thinker of the first order, it debunks many myths, half-truths, and lazy assumptions on the part of historians. However, this isn't simply a book which debunks. It isn't a tract or a treatise. Its central contribution is in offering one of the best (perhaps the very best) comparative history of European emigration.
editor of the journal Immigrants & Minorities
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: July 25, 2011