Before the Windrush
Race Relations in 20th-Century Liverpool
John Belchem is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Liverpool, author of Irish, Catholic and Scouse: The History of the Liverpool-Irish, 1800–1940 (LUP, 2007) and editor of Liverpool 800: Character, Culture, History (LUP, 2006).
Preface Introduction: ‘The most disturbing case of racial disadvantage in the United Kingdom’ 1. Edwardian cosmopolitanism 2. Riot, miscegenation and inter-war depression 3. War-time hospitality and the colour bar 4. Repatriation, reconstruction and post-war race relations 5. Race relations in the 1950s 6. 1960s: race and youth 7. The failure of community relations 8. ‘It took a riot’ Sources consulted Index
pioneering study of race relations in twentieth-century Liverpool, based on a
wealth of primary sources and written with clarity. The general treatment is chronological, from
the early 1900s to the Toxteth riots in 1981. ...This book is more than a contribution to the city’s
history: it should be read by people responsible for shaping the country’s
future race relations.
With this - his best - book, Professor Belchem tells a story from the Mersey that not only speaks to the British present, it roars. [...] So roll over Nigel Farage: longer than anywhere else in Britain, Liverpool has heard it all before and knows where it leads.
Ed Vulliamy The Observer
Size: 234 x 156 mm
Publication: March 31, 2014