Émigrés: the Experience of Political Exile for Germans and Hungarians, 1848-1871


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships




This dissertation studies political exile in the aftermath of the revolutions of 1848 in a transnational setting. Based on case studies of political émigrés from the German lands and from Hungary, this dissertation explores the workings of political exile in various social settings: the professions, émigré networks, and the family. Through these themes, the project examines the relevance of exile both for the immediate social environment of émigrés and in a broader context. It follows political émigrés in four host societies (the Ottoman Empire, Switzerland, England and the United States) from the end of the revolutions of 1848 until German unification in 1871. The study covers the full period of exile, from the moment émigrés left their homes until they returned from exile.