Migration In The Early Modern Period

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The early modern period was seen as a time of intense social and economic change as there was a shift of the economic centre of Europe from Italy to north-western Europe. A major part of this involved the migration of people from one region to another. The process of migration involved the movement of people from one location to another in order to settle in a new place of residence. Even before the industrial period, it was typical behaviour for Europeans to move from their home and take on the role of a farm servant, annually rotating between areas. This was particularly true within the framework of young, rural communities. There were various motives and outcomes for migration in early modern Europe, some similar and others differed based on a person 's age and gender. With regards to the historiography on the matter of migration in the early modern Europe period, historian Anne Winter has argued that older historiography considered Europe to be homogenous and a place where immigrants were excluded, whereas recent research has uncovered a more complex society, where social mobility began to grow with the introduction of new opportunities available. This can be seen as true when looking into the motives and outcomes apparent in the Early Modern period. Those with the most to gain from migration in Europe were young men. The scope of work available to men was much wider than that of women, such as migrating to work on farms of in the trading industry. Young male villagers

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