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The Great Departure by Tara Zahra

The Great Departure

Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World

by Tara Zahra

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Unabridged Edition
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10 Hrs.32 Min.


Between 1846 and 1940, more than 50 million Europeans moved to the Americas, irrevocably changing both their new lands and the ones they left behind. Their immigration fostered an idea of the "land of the free", yet more than a third returned home again. In a groundbreaking study, Tara Zahra brilliantly explores the deeper story of this unprecedented movement of people.

As villages emptied, some blamed traffickers in human labor, targeting Jewish emigration agents. Others saw opportunity: to seed colonies of migrants like the Polish community in Argentina or to gain economic advantage from an inflow of foreign currency or to reshape their populations by encouraging the emigration of minorities. These precedents would shape the Holocaust, the closing of the Iron Curtain, and tragedies of ethnic cleansing while also forming notions of social solidarity, human rights, and freedom - whether it be the freedom to move or the freedom to stay home.

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  • Published: March 2016
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T098911
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