By Jonathan Wagner
Human migration figures prominently in glossy global background, and has performed a pivotal position in shaping the Canadian nationwide nation. but whereas a lot has been written approximately Canada's multicultural background, little consciousness has been paid to German migrants even supposing they compose Canada's 3rd greatest ecu ethnic minority. A historical past of Migration from Germany to Canada, 1850-1939 addresses that hole within the list. Jonathan Wagner considers why Germans left their domestic nation, why they selected to settle in Canada, who assisted their passage, and the way they crossed the sea to their new domestic, in addition to how the Canadian govt perceived and solicited them as immigrants. He examines the German context as heavily as advancements in Canada, supplying a brand new, extra whole method of German-Canadian immigration. This e-book will entice scholars of German Canadiana, in addition to to these attracted to Canadian ethnic heritage, and ecu and glossy foreign migration.
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In general, the new vision of Canada was based on two often contradictory sets of assumptions. On the one hand, apologists repeatedly presented Canada in romantic fashion as a uniquely unspoiled and natural land, wild and beautiful, mysterious and spiritual; on the other, it was described as a progressive, dynamic, and, most of all, civilized society. This dual presentation accorded with the ambivalence regarding tradition and change so apparent in the mid-nineteenth-century Western world, including Germany.
Compared to Canada, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Missouri had developed by midcentury much more comprehensive and sophisticated recruitment practices. Canada could simply not compete on the same level. The ignorance of Canada and the negative image problem in Europe and Germany were interrelated, and both had existed for some time. "42 In England, Kipling's vision of Canada as "Our Lady of the Snows" held sway long before he published his poem. In France, Voltaire's popularization of Canada as a frozen land inhabited by savages endured.
As with nearly all transoceanic migrations, the decision was influenced by the general economic conditions in the sending and receiving lands and the political climate affecting whether they would be able to leave the old world and enter the new. Free Canadian land available for any intended settler certainly acted as a powerful inducement, but the reasons many emigrants ended up in Canada can only be described as fortuitous. Those, for example, who intended to settle in the United States but landed in Quebec rather than New York and then decided after disembarking, for whatever reason, to remain in Canada would qualify as fortuitous emigrants.
A History of Migration from Germany to Canada, 1850-1939 by Jonathan Wagner