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Socialism and the Diasporic 'Other'A Comparative Study of Irish Catholic and Jewish Radical and Communal Politics in East London, 1889-1912$
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Daniel Renshaw

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941220

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941220.001.0001

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Diaspora, Migration, and Irish–Jewish Interactions in London, 1800–1889

Diaspora, Migration, and Irish–Jewish Interactions in London, 1800–1889

(p.15) 1 Diaspora, Migration, and Irish–Jewish Interactions in London, 1800–1889
Socialism and the Diasporic 'Other'

Daniel Renshaw

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the roots of the Jewish and Irish communities in East London from the medieval period up to the last decade of the nineteenth century, as well as the confluences and differences in the Jewish and Irish experiences of diaspora and migration. It discusses how the Irish and Jewish proletariats interacted in Georgian and Victorian London, both economically and socially. When discussing migration to Britain, it identifies divergences in the factors behind Irish and Jewish settlement, especially in attitudes towards the homeland migrants were leaving, and the country in which they were settling. For the Irish there was a durable myth of return to Ireland, as well as a continuing hostility towards the British state. For Jews, the break with Eastern Europe was usually a permanent one, and settlement in Britain was more likely to be free of resentment towards the country in which they made their homes.

Keywords:   diaspora, migration, East London, Ireland, Eastern Europe, Victorian, myth of return

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