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Irish, Catholic and ScouseThe History of the Liverpool-Irish, 1800-1940$
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John Belchem

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311079

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313363

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Introduction: ‘A Piece Cut Off from the Old Sod Itself’

Introduction: ‘A Piece Cut Off from the Old Sod Itself’

(p.1) Introduction: ‘A Piece Cut Off from the Old Sod Itself’
Irish, Catholic and Scouse

The great Victorian seaport of Liverpool was frequently described and perceived as ‘Irish’. It was the self-proclaimed second city of empire and was also known as the capital of Ireland in England. The increasing numbers of Irish who came in Liverpool entered to a ‘diaspora space’ that was a contact zone between different ethnic groups with differing needs and intentions as transients, sojourners or settlers. Liverpool was Ireland's most convenient point of access to distribution networks in Britain and overseas. By the First World War, the Liverpool-Irish had consolidated their position in working-class Liverpool, although the dominant Tory-Orange formation still assured the ‘marginal privilege’ of the Protestant worker. In general, this book tries to offer a comprehensive source-based history of the Liverpool-Irish.

Keywords:   Victorian seaport, Liverpool, Ireland, diaspora space, Britain, First World War, Irish, Tory-Orange

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