The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World

The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World

by Tara Zahra


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"Zahra handles this immensely complicated and multidimensional history with remarkable clarity and feeling." —Robert Levgold, Foreign Affairs

Between 1846 and 1940, more than 50 million Europeans moved to the Americas in one of the largest migrations of human history, emptying out villages and irrevocably changing both their new homes and the ones they left behind. With a keen historical perspective on the most consequential social phenomenon of the twentieth century, Tara Zahra shows how the policies that gave shape to this migration provided the precedent for future events such as the Holocaust, the closing of the Iron Curtain, and the tragedies of ethnic cleansing. In the epilogue, she places the current refugee crisis within the longer history of migration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393078015
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/21/2016
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 690,999
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Tara Zahra is a professor of modern European history at the University of Chicago and a winner of the MacArthur Fellowship. She is the author of two award-winning books, Kidnapped Souls and The Lost Children. Zahra lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Introduction: "Not a Golden Country" 3

Chapter 1 Travel Agents on Trial 23

Chapter 2 "The Man Farthest Down" 65

Chapter 3 Happy and Unhappy Returns 105

Chapter 4 The First Final Solution 143

Chapter 5 Work Will Set You Free 181

Chapter 6 The Freedom Train 217

Chapter 7 Free to Stay or Go 255

Postscript: Against the World 293

Acknowledgments 303

Notes 307

Bibliography 373

Index 383

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