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European Labour History Network (ELHN) Conference 2017

2 November 2017

The migration of European workers within the continent, from the early modern period to mid-20th C.
Paris, 2-4 November 2017

In 1951, Eric Hobsbawm argued that the history of labour was one of constant movement, and his thesis has been confirmed since. Between 1840 and 1940, about 50 million people emigrated to the Americas. This unprecedented flow in human history not just transformed the New World but also Europe, where in some countries up to a third of the population emigrated. Although not all of these migrants were workers, many were. On top of transatlantic emigration, workers emigrated within each of the European countries and regions, from the countryside to towns, across territories to manufacturing areas, to building sites, harbours and mines. Millions of workers also emigrated on a temporary or seasonal basis. This workshop wants to focus on migration flows within Europe.

For further details contact Fabrice Bensimon (f.bensimon@ucl.ac.uk) or Philippe Rygiel (rygiel.philippe@wanadoo.fr)

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It includes studies of labour organizations, including international ones, where there is a need for new research or modern reassessment. It is also its objective to extend the breadth of labour history’s gaze beyond conventionally organized workers

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