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Imperial Migrations

Colonial Communities and Diaspora in the Portuguese World

  • Eric Morier-Genoud
  • Michel Cahen

Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Portugal, Empire, and Migrations — Was There Ever an Autonomous Social Imperial Space?

  3. Longue-Durée Migrations in and around the Portuguese Empire

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Edward A. Alpers, Molly Ball
      Pages 31-71
  4. Colonial Migrations in the Third Portuguese Empire

  5. Migrations at the Margins of the Third Empire

  6. Ideology and Heritage

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 327-351

About this book


This volume investigates what role colonial communities and diaspora have had in shaping the Portuguese empire and its heritage, exploring topics such as Portuguese migration to Africa, the Ismaili and the Swiss presence in Mozambique, the Goanese in East Africa, the Chinese in Brazil, and the history of the African presence in Portugal.


colonialism colonization community decolonization empire history migration Nation society Transnational

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric Morier-Genoud
    • 1
  • Michel Cahen
    • 2
  1. 1.Queen’s University BelfastUK
  2. 2.CNRSUniversité de BordeauxFrance

About the editors

EDWARD A. ALPERS Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA MOLLY BALL Graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA CLÁUDIA CASTELO Researcher at the Tropical Research Institute, Lisbon, Portugal SÉRGIO INÁCIO CHICHAVA Researcher at the Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Económicos (IESE), Mozambique JOHN DARWIN Lecturer in Imperial and Global History at University of Oxford, UK MARGRET FRENZ Lecturer in Global History at the University of Leicester, UK CLIVE GLASER Lecturer in History at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa ISABEL CASTRO HENRIQUES Professor of African and Colonial History at the University of Lisbon, Portugal ALEXANDER KEESE Research Group Director at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany NICOLE KHOURI Assistant Professor (Maitre de conférences) at the Institut du développement économique et social (IEDES), Université de Paris 1, France JOANA PEREIRA LEITE Assistant Professor at the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal LORENZO MACAGNO Professor of Anthropology at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil ABDOOLKARIM VAKIL Lecturer in the Departments of History and of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at King's College London, UK ROSA WILLIAMS PhD candidate in History at the University of Chicago, USA

Bibliographic information


“This is an extremely well-conceived, well-edited volume, shedding salutary light on a whole range of subjects related to diaspora and migration. It will be of great interest to those working on history, cultural studies, and politics.” (Gabriel Paquette, Luso-Brazilian Review, Vol. 52 (2), December, 2015)

"The role of the empire in building the grandeur of the Portuguese destiny has, as Imperial Migrations shows so excellently, obscured the multiple agencies involved in imperial constructions. Decentring empires involves acknowledging diasporas, and in so doing acknowledging the multiplicities inherent in the project of modernity, both in the past and in the present." - Toby Green, Africa, 84(4)

"This book provides a wide panorama [...] aim in 330 pages of the migrations within the spaces colonized by Portugal

and/or those of the people subjected to Portuguese colonization. [...] it allows us to draw interesting comparisons with

other imperial situations. Thus it contributes, by including the spaces colonized by Portugal, to current debates within the field of imperial studies, connected history, and global history." - Victor Pereira, African Affairs, 144(456)