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Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010$
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Tanja Bueltmann, David T. Gleeson, and Don MacRaild

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318191

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317712

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The Disappearance of the English: Why is there no ‘English Diaspora’?

The Disappearance of the English: Why is there no ‘English Diaspora’?

(p.222) Chapter 13 The Disappearance of the English: Why is there no ‘English Diaspora’?
Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010

Robert J.C. Young

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses some of the reasons behind the disappearance of the English Diaspora despite the fact that about 20 million people emigrated from the British Isles between 1500 and 1900. It explains that unlike other diasporic groups, the English were never a minoritarian, and that English was never defined as a race or ethnicity. It also highlights the absence of a serious English nationalist movement and the fact the people of the U.S., the largest country of English–speaking people, would never want to define themselves as English.

Keywords:   English Diaspora, British Isles, race, ethnicity, nationalist movement, United States

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