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The battle of Britishness : migrant journeys, 1685 to the present /
Tony Kushner.
imprint
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press, 2012.
description
ix, 318 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0719066409, 9780719066405
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imprint
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press, 2012.
isbn
0719066409
9780719066405
contents note
Part I. Introduction and contexts. Introduction -- 1. Britishness, entry and exclusion -- 2. Constructing migrant journeys -- Part II. Early journeys, 1685-1880. Constructing the réfugiés -- 4. Volga Germans in the late nineteenth century: from refugees to foreign paupers -- Part III. The Nazi era. 5. Constructing (another) ideal refugee journey: the Kinder -- 6. The St Louis and after: refugee journeys without end? -- Part IV. Colonial and postcolonial journeys. 7. The Empire Windrush: the making of an iconic British journey -- 8. Stowaways and others: racism and alternative journeys into Britishness -- Part V. Conclusions. 9. Britishness and the nature of migrant journeys.
catalogue key
8781416
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-312) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Tony Kushner is Professor of History and Director of the Parkes Institute, University of Southampton Cover image: 'Zoot Suits' (1948), Edward Burra. Estate of the Artist, c/o Lefevre Fine Art, London.
Summaries
Main Description
This pioneering study of migrant journeys to Britain begins with Huguenot refugees in the 1680s and continues to asylum seekers and east European workers today. Analyzing the history and memory of migrant journeys, covering not only the response of politicians and the public but also literary and artistic representations, then and now, Kushner's volume sheds new light on the nature and construction of Britishness from the early modern era onwards. It is an essential tool for those wanting to understand why people come to Britain (or are denied entry) and how migrants have been viewed by state and society alike. The journeys covered vary from the famous (including the Empire Windrush in 1948) to the obscure, such as the Volga German transmigrants passing through Britain in the 1870s. While employing a broadly historical approach, Kushner incorporates insights from many other disciplines and employs a comparative methodology to highlight the importance of the symbolic as well as the physical nature of such journeys.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vi
Introduction and contextsp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Britishness, entry and exclusionp. 11
Constructing migrant journeysp. 41
Early journeys, 1685-1880p. 75
Huguenot journeys: constructing the réfugiésp. 77
Volga Germans in the late nineteenth century: from refugees to foreign paupersp. 99
The Nazi erap. 117
Constructing (another) ideal refugee journey: the Kinderp. 119
The St Louis and after: refugee journeys without end?p. 139
Colonial and postcolonial journeysp. 161
The Empire Windrush: the making of an iconic British journeyp. 163
Stowaways and others: racism and alternative journeys into Britishnessp. 186
Conclusionsp. 211
Britishness and the nature of migrant journeysp. 213
Notesp. 239
Bibliographyp. 291
Indexp. 313
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