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Sir Hector Munro of Novar, 1760–1807
Andrew Mackillop

into their own society. The existence of such a close, ongoing relationship between the temporary emigrant and his original community reveals how sojourner homecomings became self-perpetuating, mutually reinforcing and ultimately the basis of a multiplier effect. The very desire to return home prompted the initial individual to encourage and assist others from his region to follow him. This dynamic between homecoming and further departures remains one of the most neglected aspects of Scottish emigration history. Its role in

in Emigrant homecomings
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Lindsay J. Proudfoot and Dianne P. Hall

more cautious in accepting the relevance of diaspora to the Irish case. Recognising the deficiency of much existing Irish emigration history as ‘national history writ large’, Kenny and Belchem have both argued for a cross-national as well as a transnational approach to historical studies of Irish emigration and its consequences. 25 That is, for an approach that explores both the migrant flows from Ireland to other

in Imperial spaces
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Marjory Harper

American and antipodean perspective respectively, by Mark Wyman’s wide-ranging study of approximately 4 million American immigrants who returned to Europe between 1880 and 1930 and Eric Richards’ explorations of similar trends among those who went to colonial Australia. 7 While such studies have demonstrated the contribution of returners to the fabric of emigration history, they have also illuminated the need for further investigation of a complex and multifaceted subject which was – and is – of global relevance. Little

in Emigrant homecomings
Late twentieth-century British emigration and global identities – the end of the ‘British World’?
A. James Hammerton

serial and return migration, but it is an apolitical cosmopolitanism in which her place in the British World is of minor consequence. 27 These trends might be dismissed as little more than the globetrotting indulgences of the wealthy First World, but from the perspective of British emigration history they illustrate the creeping globalisation of British-Commonwealth migrant habits, even among the

in Empire, migration and identity in the British world
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The evolution of a tradition
Mark Wyman

recognized the problems. As one US historian has written, ‘Expatriation and repatriation represent nothing new in the history of [the United States]; it is new only to those who are unfamiliar with its history.’ 47 The same can be said of Europe’s emigration history: there is nothing new in today’s stories. To listen to the foreigners who today wash cars, serve food and work in factories, brings echoes of another time, when an earlier revolution in transport also led to major shifts in emigration. The goals remained

in Emigrant homecomings