Mittwoch, 16. Mrz 2016, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal


Grenze und Migranten im achtzehnten Jahrhundert

Institut für Geschichte/HS 45
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien


Jovan Pešalj:Abstract: The control of migrants on external borders is today standard practice. The power to determine who is allowed to enter is considered to be a part of state sovereignty. In the eighteenth century Europe this was common. Most states did not checked migrants on their external boundaries. One notable exception was the Habsburg Monarchy, which already in the early eighteenth century organized a sanitary cordon on its border with the Ottoman Empire. All travelers coming from the Ottoman territory had to go to official border crossings, where their details were written down and where they were sent to undergo quarantine. It was forbidden to cross elsewhere. The border was guarded day and night. This regime was in force until the mid-nineteenth century. The formal reason for its existence was to prevent the spread of plague epidemics from the Ottoman Empire. The lecture takes a closer look at this border mobility control regime. It examines why and how were migration controls introduced in this part of Europe; why they took the form of border controls; what factors and circumstances made an early introduction possible. It studies the role played by the Ottoman Empire, the state on the other side of the borderline, in the mobility control regime; as well as the role of the migrants. It attempts to understand how effective were the controls and could we find in the present border control regimes some elements that are similar.


Institut für Geschichte


Dr. Petra Svatek
Institut für Geschichte