Emmanuel Comte is a historian of modern Europe, specializing in international migration questions. He is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Humanities at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He was previously a lecturer  in the Department of History of the University of California, Berkeley (2016-2017) and Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute (2014-2016). He graduated at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (2009) and earned his PhD from the Université Paris-Sorbonne (2014).


Emmanuel Comte's book The History of the European Migration Regime: Germany's Strategic Hegemony will be published on 10 September 2017 (Routledge Studies in Modern European History). The book explains why the international migration regime in Europe after the Second World War has taken a course different from both the global migration regime and the migration regimes in other regions of the world. The free movement of people within the European Union, European citizenship, and the Schengen agreements in their internal and external dimensions are unique at the global level for the openness they create within Europe and for the closure they produce towards migrants from outside Europe. The book shows how the geopolitical and geo-economic strategies of Germany during the Cold War shaped the openness of that original regime. The History of the European Migration Regime explains how the regime was instrumental for Germany to create a stable international order in Western Europe after the war, conducive to German reunification, the roll back of Russian influence from Central Europe, and German economic expansion.


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