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Hong Kong As An In-Between Place In The Chinese Diaspora, 1849–1939

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English-speakers have been writing about an Atlantic World as if it were a self-contained space since at least the end of the eighteenth century. The Atlantic is an oceanic region much like others; chronologically and geographically its importance, like that of the years between 1830 and 1930, might best be understood as occupying a kind of central but middling ground in modern history of world migrations. Mary Blewett's essay on the worsted trade takes labor migration seriously as a social and cultural phenomenon. As Blewett's analysis of the world wool market suggests, the Atlantic was not an isolated or separate world in the century between 1830 and 1930. Hoerder's study of the Black Atlantic reminds us that the abolition of slavery in the Caribbean, Latin America, North America, and finally in Brazil and Cuba, set off a worldwide search for new sources of labor.

Keywords:Atlantic; Brazil; Caribbean; Cuba; Latin America; Mary Blewett; migrations



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