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Palgrave Macmillan

The Irish Diaspora in Britain, 1750-1939

ISBN 9780230240285
Publication Date December 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Social History in Perspective

Until the 1950s, the Irish were by far the largest ethnic minority in Britain. This leading study focuses on the most important phase of Irish migration, providing an analytical discussion of why and how the Irish settled in such numbers.

The Irish Diaspora in Britain, 1750-1939, second edition:
• examines key aspects of the social, religious and political worlds of these migrants
• explores both Catholic and Protestant immigrants
• explains why they were so often the victims of native hostility
• adopts a truly Britain-wide approach
• draws upon the latest research and a wide range of printed primary sources.

Thoroughly revised, updated and expanded, the new edition of this essential text broadens the analysis to 1939 and now features additional chapters on gender and the Irish diaspora in transnational perspective.

DONALD M. MACRAILD is Professor of History at Northumbria University, UK. He has published widely on Irish migrant history and nineteenth-century Britain and is Series Editor of Palgrave Macmillan's Theory and History series.

List of Tables
Economy, Poverty and Emigration
Concentration and Dispersal: Irish Labour Migration to Britain
Spiritual and Social Bonds: The Culture of Irish Catholicism
The Protestant Irish
Politics, Labour and Participation
Gender and Ethnicity
A Culture of Anti-Irishness
The Irish in Britain and the Wider Diaspora: Comparisons and Connections
Bibliographical Essay


'The first edition rapidly - and deservedly - established itself as the leading textbook in the field. With growing interest in the topic, this second edition takes account of recent work and more readily available sources, synthesising the new scholarship into a national framework.' - John Belchem, University of Liverpool, UK
'MacRaild's updated text is a rich and welcome addition to the literature on a fascinating and important subject.' - Donald H. Akenson, Queen's University, Canada
Praise for the first edition:
'Donald MacRaild's analysis of Irish migration is derived from an exhaustive review of scores of local studies conducted over the past thirty years, and is freshened by new interpretations of older studies and original sources that set the tone for contemporary views of the Irish ... MacRaild's affective explication of the reasons behind both the revered position and authority of the Catholic priest in the migrant community is one of this book's many high points.' - Lawrence W. McBride, Albion
'MacRaild provides a state-of-the-art treatment ... this balanced, judicious explanation of Irish migration which will be the standard work for years to come.' - Alan O'Day, History 'First-class ... a wealth of references revealing a comfortable familiarity with most modern Irish scholarship ... he captures in a few paragraphs a vista of necessity and aspiration characterising the immigrant experience everywhere.' - John A. Jackson, Irish Historical Studies
'... essential reading for the broader community involved with the historical study of immigrants in modern British society.' - Enda Delaney, Immigrants and Minorities
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