Keeping Family in an Age of Long Distance Trade, Imperial Expansion, and Exile, 1550-1850
Keeping Family in an Age of Long Distance Trade, Imperial Expansion, and Exile, 1550-1850
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INTRODUCTION: Keeping Family. Heather Dalton
PART 1: Surviving Slavery, Transportation and Forced Labour
1. Shaping Family Identity among Korean Migrant Potters in Japan during the Tokugawa Period. (Susan Broomhall)
2. Forced Separations: Severed Family Ties and New Beginnings for Mauritian Convicts Transported to Australia between 1825 And 1845. (Eilin Hordvik)
3. 'If I should fall behind': Motherhood, Marriage, and Forced Migration in the Mid-Nineteenth Century Leeward Islands. (Jessica Roitman)
PART 2: On the Road: Mobility, Wellbeing, and Survival
4. 'The witch Who Moved to the Wilderness: Religious Control, Distance, and Family Survival in Finland, 1670-1707. (Raisa Maria Toivo)
5. Independence, Affection and Mobility in Eighteenth-Century Scotland. (Katie Barclay)
PART 3: In the Absence of Family, Support in Unfamiliar eEvironments
6. Relationships Lost and Found in the Mid Sixteenth Century Iberian Atlantic: an Englishman's 'suffering rewarded'. (Heather Dalton)
7. 'Grieved in my soul that I suffered you to depart from me': Community and Isolation in the English Houses in Ottoman Tunis and Tripoli, 1679-1686. (Nat Cutter)
PART 4: Managing Kinship-based Businesses and Trading Networks
8. New Christian Family Networks in the First Visitation of the Inquisition to Brazil: The Case of the Nunes Brothers, 1591-1595. (Jessica O'Leary)
9. Intimate Affairs: Family and Commerce in a Trans-Mediterranean Jewish Family Firm, 1776-1790. (Francesca Bregoli)
PART 5: Ensuring the Survival of Maritime Families
10. 'These happy effects on the character of the British sailor': Family Life in Sea Songs of the Late Georgian Period. (Gillian Dooley)
11. Maintaining the Family: Community Support for Merchant Sailors' Families in Finland, 1830-1860. (Pirita Frigren)

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"Eleven new case studies presented in this fine volume offer new research on the strength—and fragility—of [maintained and remade existing family] ties, and important insights into the family relationships of marginalised people eking out a subsistence living or having to forge new livelihoods in hostile new environments. A particular strength is its illumination for Anglophone readers of previously untranslated family history sources in Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Portugese, Spanish and Latin."
- Helen Berry, Family & Community History, Vol. 24/1, April 2021

A number of the essays are extremely poignant, reminding us that when family members moved, willingly or not, both the individuals leaving and those left behind experienced profound loss. [...] These essays demonstrate the best methods of traditional family history and as well as the new directions transnational history is pushing it in. Together, they make an excellent case for the continued relevance and vitality of family history as a subdiscipline."
- Christine Adams, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Volume 22, Number 1, Spring 2021

Heather Dalton (ed.)

Keeping Family in an Age of Long Distance Trade, Imperial Expansion, and Exile, 1550-1850

Keeping Family in an Age of Long Distance Trade, Imperial Expansion, and Exile, 1550--1850 brings together eleven original essays by an international group of scholars, each investigating how family, or the idea of family, was maintained or reinvented when husbands, wives, children, apprentices, servants or slaves separated, or faced separation, from their household. The result is a fresh and geographically wide-ranging discussion about the nature of family and its intersection with travel over three hundred years -- a period during which roles and relationships, within and between households, were increasingly affected by trade, settlement, and empire building. The imperial project may have influenced different regions in different ways at different times yet, as this collection reveals, families, especially those transcending national ties and traditional boundaries, were central to its progress. Together, these essays bring new understandings of the foundations of our interconnected world and of the people who contributed to it.

Heather Dalton

Heather Dalton is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Historical & Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne and member of the Cabot Project at the University of Bristol. The focus of her research is relationships in maritime trading networks and early contacts between Australasia, the Americas, and Europe. She is the author of Merchants and Explorers: Roger Barlow, Sebastian Cabot and Networks of Atlantic Exchange, 1500--1560 (2016), and co-author of ‘Frederick II of Hohenstaufen’s Australasian cockatoo: symbol of detente between East and West and evidence of the Ayyubid Sultanate’s global reach’ (Parergon, 2018). Dr Dalton’s article, ‘A Sulphur-crested Cockatoo in fifteenth century Mantua: Rethinking symbols of sanctity and patterns of trade’ (Renaissance Studies, 2014), won the ANZAMEMS’ inaugural Philippa Maddern Early Career Researcher Publication Prize in 2016.