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Migration Motivation and Rural society in the 18th Century: from Upper-Rhein to North America

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Fertig, Georg
Publication Date
  • G. Fertig (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    This investigation deals with the question of local and motivational background of emigration decisions. The investigation starts with the cause question and tests it empirically with an example case that exists in an emigration movement to North America. At the same time emigration to North America is placed in the context of the over-all migration activity in German-speaking countries at the end of the early modern age. Applying to the entire investigation area, the ´macrostudy´ on emigration to North America deals with the quantitative extents of this migration movement and its other concurrent migration movements. The ´microstudy´ on the village Goebrichen analyses the quantitative and normative structures of migration. Population development and agrarian production are reconstructed in order to test the widespread hypothesis that emigration is a sign for ´overpopulation´. Topics: price series, vital statistics in West Germany and America, ship-charter contracts in Rotterdam, trip routes of transatlantic couriers, population, area under cultivation, livestock, emigrants from Southwestern German cities, population of German name and total population in North American colonies.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1561 / 1754
Geographic Coverage
  • Historical German lands (-1871) (DQDE)
    Goebrichen (today Neulingen-Goebrichen) near Pforzheim, Bauschlott, Eppingen
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8065 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Fertig, Georg: ´Um Anhoffung besserer Nahrung willen´ - der lokale und motivationale Hintergrund von Auswanderung nach Britisch-Nordamerika im 18. Jahrhundert. In: Beiträge zur Historischen Sozialkunde, 4, 1992, S. 111-120.
  • Fertig, Georg: Transatlantic Migration from the German-Speaking Part of Central Europe, 1600-1800. Proportions, Structures, and Explanations. In: Canny, N. (Hrsg.): Europeans on the Move: Studies on European Migration, 1500-1800. Oxford: Clarendon Press 1994. S. 192-235.
  • Fertig, Georg: Eighteenth Century Migration and Early German Anti-Migration Ideology. In: Lucassen, J.; Lucassen, L. (Hrsg.): Migration, Migration History, History: Old Paradigms and New Perspectives. International and Comparative Social History, 5, Bern: Lang 1997. S. 271-290.
  • Fertig, Georg: Lokales Leben, atlantische Welt: Die Entscheidung zur Auswanderung vom Rhein nach Nordamerika im 18. Jahrhundert. In: Studien zur historischen Migrationsforschung, 7, Osnabrück: Univ.-Verlag Rasch 2000.
  • Fertig, Georg: Balancing, Networking, and the Causes of Emigration: Early German Trans-atlantic Migration in a Local Perspective, 1700-1754. In: Continuity and Change, 13, 2000, S. 419-442.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 85 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23

Fertig, Georg (1993): Wanderungsmotivation und ländliche Gesellschaft im 18. Jahrhundert: Vom Oberrhein nach Nordamerika. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.