Migration and Mobility in the Modern Age

Migration and Mobility in the Modern Age

Refugees, Travelers, and Traffickers in Europe and Eurasia
Edited by Anika Walke, Jan Musekamp and Nicole Svobodny
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 12/12/2016
Format: Hardback 9 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-02476-3
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Combining methodological and theoretical approaches to migration and mobility studies with detailed analyses of historical, cultural, or social phenomena, the works collected here provide an interdisciplinary perspective on how migrations and mobility altered identities and affected images of the "other." From walkways to railroads to airports, the history of travel provides a context for considering the people and events that have shaped Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.

Author Bio

Anika Walke is Assistant Professor of History at Washington University in St. Louis. She is author of Pioneers and Partisans: An Oral History of Nazi Genocide in Belorussia.

Nicole Svobodny is Senior Lecturer in Russian Literature and Assistant Dean at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a co-editor of Under the Sky of My Africa: Pushkin and Blackness.

Jan Musekamp is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at the European University Viadrina.


“Though operating on very different scales -- from those of mass movements to those of individual walkers -- the essays here collected represent sustained attention to movement both as a practice and as a predicate for other practices (artistic circles, Cold War diplomacy, etc.). These essays will be of use to scholars of Russia and Eastern Europe while at the same time helping feed broader discussions within transnational discussions of mobility.”
 — John Randolph, author of The House in the Garden: The Bakunin Family and the Romance of Russian Idealism

Migration and Mobility in the Modern Age is a much welcomed and topical publication, as it eloquently examines the numerous forms of movement from and across Central, Eastern Europe and Russia from a historical perspective and within a transregional framework. The interdisciplinary and transnational character of the volume departs from single country studies and offers an invitation to discuss the region comparatively and bring mobility in dialogue with similar phenomena elsewhere. In this sense, as well as many others, it succeeds admirably.  ”
 — Comparative Literature Studies

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Table of Contents

Introduction / Anika Walke
Part I: Ways of Moving
1. Paris—St. Petersburg: Shrinking Spaces in the Nineteenth Century / Jan Musekamp
2. "A main station at one’s front door": Bicycles, Automobiles, and Early Adapters’ Dreams of Personal Mobility in Poland, 1885-1939 / Nathan Wood
3. Walking with a Tolstoyan Dancer: Physical and Psychic Mobility in Vaslav Nijinsky’s Diary / Nicole Svobodny
4. Russian Resorts and European Leisure: Railroad Vacations, "Native" Sites, and the Making of a Russian (Post)Colonial Identity in Manchuria, 1920s-1930s / Chia Yin Hsu
Part II: People in Motion
5. Dynamic Bohemians: The Russian Artistic Circle in Paris (Russkii Artisticheskii Kruzhok v Parizhe) / Anna Winestein
6. Sex at the Border: Trafficking as a Migration Problem in Partitioned Poland / Keely Stauter-Halsted
7. Evacuation as Migration: The Soviet Experience during the Great Patriotic War / Lewis H. Siegelbaum and Leslie Page Moch
8. Far from Home: Soviet and Non-Soviet Railway Workers’ Experiences during the Construction of the Baikal-Amur Mainline Railway (BAM), 1974-1984 / Christopher J. Ward
Part III: Narratives of Migration
9. Traumatic Mobility: Motivating Collective Authorship in Siberian Narratives of Polish Exiles from the Inter-revolutionary Epoch (1832-62) / Elizabeth Blake
10. Technology, the City, and the Body: Bergelson and Shklovsky in Berlin / Harriet Murav
11. Andrzej Stasiuk and the Myth of the Literary Gastarbajter / George Gasyna
12. Journeys of Identity: From Soviet Jew to German Writer / Adrian Wanner