10 Canada and Global Migrations, 1830-1918

In what way was Canada part of the global movement of people during the long nineteenth century? What propelled or inhibited migration in this period?

Walter Nugent, Crossings: The Great Transatlantic Migrations, 1870-1914 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1992), Chapter 1 (pgs. 3-39) [overview of historiographic debates (i.e. “exceptionalism”), patterns and motives of European transatlantic migration]; Chapter 2 (pgs. 41-107) if you want more detail about some sending countries/regions; and Chapter 3, section 14 (pgs: 136-148), about Canada, and section 16 (pg. 163-166), conclusion.

Franc Sturino, Forging the Chain: A Case Study of Italian Migration to North America, 1880-1930 (Toronto: MHSO, 1990).

Bruno Ramirez, On the Move: French-Canadian and Italian Migrants in the North Atlantic Economy, 1860-1914 (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1991).


Bruno Ramirez, Par monts et par vaux. Migrants canadiens-français et italiens dans l’économie nord-atlantique : 1860-1914 (Montréal : Boréal, 1992).

Lisa Chilton, Agents of Empire: British Female Migration to Canada and Australia, 1860s-1930 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007).

Lisa Chilton, Receiving Canada’s Immigrants: The Work of the State Before 1930 (Ottawa: Canadian Historical Association, 2016).


Lisa Chilton, Accueillir les immigrants au Canada. Le travail de l’État avant 1930 (Ottawa : Société Historique du Canada, 2016).

Adam McKeown, « Les migrations internationales à l’ère de la mondialisation industrielle, 1840-1940 », Le mouvement social 241 (2012/4), 31-46.


Adam McKeown, “Global Migration 1846-1940,” Journal of World History 15, no. 2 (2004): 155-189.

José C. Moya, “A Continent of Immigrants: Postcolonial Shifts in the Western Hemisphere,” Hispanic American Historical Review 86:1 (2006): 1–28.


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