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Letters across Borders

The Epistolary Practices of International Migrants

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This collection addresses the recent rebirth of interest in immigrant letters. As these letters are increasingly seen as key, rather than incidental, documents in the interpretations of gender, age, social class, and ethnicity/nationality, the scholars gathered here demonstrate a diversity of new approaches to their interpretation.

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Introduction

  2. Limits and Opportunities

  3. Writing Conventions and Practices

  4. Letters and the State


'Rarely does a historical study illuminate subject, methodology, and theory all at once. Letters Across Borders is just such a book. It is a marvelous collection of essays that should be read and re-read by every historian who works in migration studies and indeed by all scholars who seek to understand and interpret the human experience through personal correspondence.' - Kerby A. Miller, University of Missouri-Columbia

'...a coherent, thoughtfully structured and enlightening overview. Philosophical reflections are blended with methodological discussions and empirical studies, creating an unprecedented and broad-based context within which to study migrant epistolarity...It is a long overdue addition to the historiography of migration and should be obligatory reading for every historian who seeks to get to grips with the pitfalls and rewards of interpreting personal correspondence.' - Marjory Harper, English Historical Review

Editors and Affiliations

  • Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

    Bruce S. Elliott

  • University at Buffalo (SUNY), USA

    David A. Gerber

  • Florida State University, USA

    Suzanne M. Sinke

About the editors

BRUCE S. ELLIOT is Professor of History, Carleton University, USA.

DAVID A. GERBER is Professor of History, University of Buffalo (SUNY), USA.

SUZANNE M. SINKE is Associate Professor of History, Florida State University, USA.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Letters across Borders

  • Book Subtitle: The Epistolary Practices of International Migrants

  • Editors: Bruce S. Elliott, David A. Gerber, Suzanne M. Sinke

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan New York

  • eBook Packages: Palgrave History Collection, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Bruce S. Elliott, David A. Gerber, and Suzanne M. Sinke 2006

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4039-7101-2Published: 01 December 2006

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-349-53263-6Published: 18 December 2015

  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-230-60107-9Published: 02 September 2006

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 315

  • Number of Illustrations: 8 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Imperialism and Colonialism, World History, Global and Transnational History, Historiography and Method, Literature, general

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