Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010

Edited by Tanja Bueltmann, David Gleeson, and Don MacRaild

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ISBN: 9781846318191

Publication: May 25, 2012

Series: Migrations and Identities 1

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After 1600, English emigration became one of Europe’s most significant population movements. Yet compared to what has been written about the migration of Scots and Irish, relatively little energy has been expended on the numerically more significant English flows. Whilst the Scottish, Irish, German, Italian, Jewish and Black Diasporas are well known and much studied, there is virtual silence on the English. Why, then, is there no English Diaspora? Why has little been said about the English other than to map their main emigration flows? Did the English simply disappear into the host population? Or were they so fundamental, and foundational, to the Anglophone, Protestant cultures of the evolving British World that they could not be distinguished in the way Catholic Irish or continental Europeans were? With contributions from the UK, Europe North America and Australasia that examine themes as wide-ranging as Yorkshire societies in New Zealand and St George’s societies in Montreal, to Anglo-Saxonism in the Atlantic World and the English Diaspora of the sixteenth century, this international collection explores these and related key issues about the nature and character of English identity during the creation of the cultures of the wider British World. It does not do so uncritically. Several of the authors deal with and accept the invisibility of the English, while others take the opposite view. The result is a lively collection which combines reaffirmations of some existing ideas with fresh empirical research, and groundbreaking new conceptualisations.

Dr David T. Gleeson is a Reader in History at the University of Northumbria.

Don MacRaild is Professor of British and Irish History at the University of Ulster.

Dr Tanja Bueltmann is Senior Lecturer in History at Northumbria University and co-editor of Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010 (LUP, 2012).

Notes on Contributors Introduction. Locating the English Diaspora: Problems, Perspectives and Approaches - Tanja Bueltmann, David T. Gleeson and Donald M. MacRaild 1. Mythologies of Empire and the Earliest English Diasporas - Glyn Parry 2. The English Seventeenth Century in Colonial America:The Cultural Diaspora of English Republican Ideas - David Walker 3. Fox Hunting and Anglicization in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia - Doreen Skala 4. The Hidden English Diaspora in Nineteenth-Century America - William E. Van Vugt 5. An English Institution? The Colonial Church of England in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century - Joe Hardwick 6. The Importance of Being English: English Ethnic Culture in Montreal, c.1800–1864 - Gillian I. Leitch 7. Anglo-Saxonism and the Racialization of the English Diaspora - Tanja Bueltmann 8. ‘The Englishmen here are much disliked’: Hostility towards English Immigrants in Early Twentieth-Century Toronto - Amy J. Lloyd 9. Cousin Jacks, New Chums and Ten Pound Poms: Locating New Zealand’s English Diaspora - Brad Patterson 10. ‘Cooked in true Yorkshire fashion’: Regional Identity and English Associational Life in New Zealand before the First World War - James Watson 11. Englishness and Cricket in South Africa during the Boer War - Dean Allen 12. An Englishman in New York? Celebrating Shakespeare in America, 1916 - Monika Smialkowska 13. The Disappearance of the English: Why is there no ‘English Diaspora’? - Robert J.C. Young Index

Locating the English Diaspora opens up a rich seam of research that teases apart historians’ understanding of English ethnicity over six centuries in addition to a challenging reconsideration of the term ‘Diaspora’. The above could only ever be a précis of what is a broad and thought-provoking exploration spanning British and US historiographies of migration and ethnicity.
  Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Volume 12, Issue 3

Very little has been written about the English overseas, and there are several really novel and informative essays in this collection. It should prompt much scholarly interest.
Stephen Constantine  
Lancaster University

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

256 Pages

ISBN: 9781846318191

Publication: May 25, 2012

Series: Migrations and Identities 1

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