Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online

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1. Introduction

1.1. History of scholarship

Until the 1980s, the subject of geographical mobility was of little interest to historians of the early modern period. It was generally assumed that societies before 1800 were reasonably spatially stable and that migration was an exceptional phenomenon. It was believed that people only became mobi…

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Lucassen, Jan and Lucassen, Leo, “Mobility”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024182>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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