1. Diasporas in History: Jews and Armenians
Introductory lecture outlining the main approaches to the study of migration and diaspora, followed by a closer discussion of two groups of shaped many of the early connections in global history: the Jewish diaspora and the Armeian diaspora.
2. seminar discussion points
- What does the term ‘diaspora’ mean, and how significant are the origins of the word for the study of diasporas?
- How different are the Jewish and Armenian diasporas and what characteristics do they share?
- How central is trade to the Jewish and Armeinian diaspora communities?
3. core readings
- Philip Curtin, 'Trade Diasporas and Cross-Cultural Trade' in Curtin, Cross-cultural trade in world history (1984)
- Robin Cohen, Global Diasporas: An Introduction (1997)
4. essay questions
- To what extent did diaspora communities contribute to urban life? Concentrate on one diaspora.
- To what extent were diasporas global phenomena?
5. further readings
- Nicholas Canny, Europeans on the Move: Studies on European Migration, 1500-1800 (1994)
- Robin Cohen, The Cambridge Survey of World Migration
- Patrick Manning, Migration in World History (2004)
- David B Ruderman, Early Modern Jewry: A New Cultural History (2010)
7. external links
Galata Tower in the Jewish quarter in Istanbul
Depiction of an Armenian merchant (1652-1718); British Museum collection