Book Review-‘The Business of Transatlantic Migration Between Europe and the United States, 1900–1914’ by D. Keeling

By Lisa Chilton, published October 2020


Drew Keeling’s carefully researched study of the shipping industry’s engagement with transatlantic migration in the years immediately prior to the First World War will be of interest to a wide range of readers. The book is first and foremost an economic history. Keeling’s primary interest is the business of shipping migrants, where travellers, governments and shipping companies were all involved in the rational calculations that determined the frequency and conditions within which migrants would travel across the Atlantic Ocean. The book is the result of an exhaustive review of the administrative records of the industry’s four largest companies during this period: Cunard Line, White Star Line, Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt Aktien-Gesellschaft (HAPAG), and Norddeutscher Lloyd or North German Lloyd (NDL)…

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

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