20146 Hamburg, Germany
From 1964 to 1966, Hoeck attended the University of Hamburg.
Minneapolis, MN 55455, United States
In 1968, Hoeck received a Master of Arts from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
Kaiserswerther Str. 16-18, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Hoeck received a Doctor of Philosophy from Free University of Berlin in 1971.
(This collection of essays revises and broadens scholarly ...)
This collection of essays revises and broadens scholarly assumptions about the history of migration in search of work. The book begins with a critique of current concepts in migration history and a general survey of European labor migration from the 1820s to the 1920s.
(In this illuminating book, an international array of dist...)
In this illuminating book, an international array of distinguished scholars focus on an important but largely undocumented issue in immigration history: What did immigrants to industrializing Europe and America expect of life in those "distant magnets" to which they migrated in such large numbers from the mid-nineteenth century through the late 1920's? What were their dreams, illusions, myths, fears, and hopes? How were they received in their new societies, and how did they fare? What did they think about and how did they feel?
(Roots of the Transplanted addresses those aspects of pre-...)
Roots of the Transplanted addresses those aspects of pre-migration culture-a conglomorate of norms, values, and experiences-which migrants bring along as their cultural baggage.
(This volume contains empirical studies on German in-migra...)
This volume contains empirical studies on German in-migration, internal migration, and transatlantic emigration from the 1820s to the 1930s, placed in a comparative perspective of Polish, Swedish, and Irish migration to North America. The essays here demonstrate that the three types of migration are indeed fundamentally interrelated. Special emphasis is placed on the role of women in the process of migration.
(Uses maps to show the arrival of a wide range of ethnic g...)
Uses maps to show the arrival of a wide range of ethnic groups in America, from the Ice Age to the present.
(During the nineteenth century, fifty million Europeans de...)
During the nineteenth century, fifty million Europeans departed the continent for the Americas, dwarfing previous transatlantic migrations. Many more left their homes seeking better economic opportunities in the towns and cities of Europe.
(Dirk Hoerder shows us that it is not shining railroad tra...)
Dirk Hoerder shows us that it is not shining railroad tracks or statesmen in Ottawa that make up the story of Canada but rather individual stories of life and labour - Caribbean women who care for children born in Canada, lonely prairie homesteaders, miners in Alberta and British Columbia, women labouring in factories, Chinese and Japanese immigrants carving out new lives in the face of hostility.
(A landmark work on human migration around the globe, Cult...)
A landmark work on human migration around the globe, Cultures in Contact provides a history of the world told through the movements of its people. It is a broad, pioneering interpretation of the scope, patterns, and consequences of human migrations over the past ten centuries. In this magnum opus thirty years in the making, Dirk Hoerder reconceptualizes the history of migration and immigration, establishing that societal transformation cannot be understood without taking into account the impact of migrations and, indeed, that mobility is more characteristic of human behavior than is stasis.
(Presenting an unprecedented, integrated view of migration...)
Presenting an unprecedented, integrated view of migration in North America, this interdisciplinary collection of essays illuminates the movements of people within and between Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States over the past two centuries. Several essays discuss recent migrations from Central America as well. In the introduction, Dirk Hoerder provides a sweeping historical overview of North American societies in the Atlantic world.
(Toward the end of the nineteenth century, new railroads, ...)
Toward the end of the nineteenth century, new railroads, ports, and steamships enabled people to travel faster and in greater numbers than ever before. Migrations and Belongings traces burgeoning population movements across several continents from 1870 to the end of World War II. This study explains the complex variables involved in global migrations and the processes of acculturation by which "belonging" takes shape.
From 1964 to 1966, Hoeck attended the University of Hamburg. In 1968, he received a Master of Arts from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Free University of Berlin in 1971.
From 1969 to 1975, Dirk Hoerder worked as an assistant at John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin in Berlin, Germany. He also was a part-time teacher there, as well as at the University of Bremen. In 1977, he was appointed as a full professor of the social history of North America at the University of Bremen, the position he held until 2008.
From 1973 to 1974, John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at Center for West European Studies of Harvard University, and was a Charles Warren Fellow at Charles Warren Center. Dirk also was a visiting professor and resident scholar of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario at York University.
In 1992, Hoerder was an annual lecturer at German Historical Institute in Washington and a visiting professor at the Center for International Studies at Duke University.
In 2006 Hoerder became a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Arizona State University. Two years later he was appointed Full Professor there.
(In this illuminating book, an international array of dist...)1993
(Dirk Hoerder shows us that it is not shining railroad tra...)1999
(Presenting an unprecedented, integrated view of migration...)2011
(This volume contains empirical studies on German in-migra...)1995
(Roots of the Transplanted addresses those aspects of pre-...)1994
(Toward the end of the nineteenth century, new railroads, ...)2014
(A landmark work on human migration around the globe, Cult...)2002
(During the nineteenth century, fifty million Europeans de...)1996
(This collection of essays revises and broadens scholarly ...)1985
(Uses maps to show the arrival of a wide range of ethnic g...)1995
Growing up in Germany after 1945, Dirk Hoerder lived in a society in which collective memory of the recent Nazi past seemed to be non-existent and in which any criticism of not resisting fascist imposition was met by a ‘what could we do?’ Thus, he began to ask questions about the role of common people in history and, when entering university, chose history as the subject. Dirk quickly realized that historians often do not tell the whole story, but only those aspects that fit their own childhood socialization, national discourses, or political preconceptions. The resistance of military officers and educational elites to the Nazi regime was mentioned, while that of trade unionists, communists, common working- or middle-class men and women was covered by silence.
In his doctoral dissertation, Dirk chose the theme of a period of accelerated social change, the American Revolution. He traced the activities of men and women in crowd action in Boston, 1760s through 1780s. At that time historians assumed that they could reach the level of common people only when these became more active and more visible than ‘normally,' in periods of revolutionary activity, for example. Only a few years later, women’s history and the history of everyday lives of working-class people made it clear that historians could go much further in their quest for ‘forgotten’ peoples. Hoerder selected the experiences of immigrants as a topic and developed an acculturation theory as a reaction both to outdated earlier concepts and to a new reading of source materials.
Wanting to test this theory, he turned to immigrant life-writings - series of letters, diaries, short memoirs, whole autobiographies - and came across such rich narratives of individual and family experiences for both the United States and Canada that he decided to expand his project into a book-length study of newcomers in the many regions of Canada. They formed families - creating the material base as well as forming emotional attachments - developed local societies, regional institutions and economies, and a superstructure of political institutions from the bottom up. Of course, the question arose: why do we think of people at the bottom and institutions at the top?
The complex life histories that he was able to gamer from the many memories of immigrant men and women to Canada from the 1830s to the 1990s, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific provinces, permitted him to write a history of Canada from the perspective of those who built the many local societies.
Hoerder continued his work with a survey of worldwide migrations from the eleventh to the twentieth centuries to indicate that, though Canadian experiences were unique, migration, cultural interaction, ethnogenesis through inter-ethnic procreation, and creation of societies and states was an experience common to all societies over long periods of history. Connecting these lively Canadian life stories to his starting point, the deadening silence of post-1945 German memory-culture, it became clear that individual and collective memory functions well when the outcome is positive but suffers from amnesia when the past was destructive.
Dirk was a member of the Organisation of American Historians, American History Association, Canada Ethnic Studies Association.
On July 30, 1993, Hoerder married Christiane Harzig. They have one child, Anna.