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22 January 2016

Migration and the Great Divergence: The Euro-Atlantic world and East/South Asia, 1800-1930

Prof. José C. Moya
Columbia University

22 Jan 2016 (Fri) 4:30-6:00 pm
Room 4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

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During the first wave of global migration in the nineteenth and early twentieth century,the outflow from Europe was comparable in size to that of China and India. But despite this the consequences of the movements were drastically different. In 1800 the combined manufacturing output of China and India doubled that of Europe and its diaspora. A century later it was less than one-tenth. This presentation examines why and how migration led to sustained socioeconomic development both in the sending and receiving societies in Atlantic but not in Asia.

José C. Moya is professor of history and Director of the Forum on Migration at Barnard College, Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University, and Professor Emeritus at UCLA. He has authored more than fifty publications, including Cousins and Strangers: Spanish Immigrants in Buenos Aires, a book that received five awards, and World Migration in the Long Twentieth Century (2011), co-authored with Adam McKeown. He is currently working on a book about anarchism in the Atlantic World during the belle époque and editing “Atlantic Crossings: Webs of Migration, Culture and Politics between Europe, Africa, and the Americas, 1800-2010.”

All are welcome. No registration is required.

For enquiries, please contact Dr. Selina Lai-Henderson, at



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