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Anglo-Jewry Since 1066Place, Locality and Memory$
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Tony Kushner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719076541

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719076541.001.0001

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Historicising the invisible: transmigrancy, memory and local identities

Historicising the invisible: transmigrancy, memory and local identities

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(p.209) 7 Historicising the invisible: transmigrancy, memory and local identities
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Anglo-Jewry Since 1066
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Tony Kushner

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719076541.003.0007

By the First World War, Southampton was beginning to rival Liverpool as Britain's leading transmigrant port. It provided routes to north and south Atlantic destinations, especially, from the 1890s, to eastern (and, to a lesser extent, southern and northern) European migrants who had broken their journey in England. Transmigrancy was big business. It has been estimated that ‘The alien passenger, and in particular the transmigrant flows through Britain’ totalled one-third of all the passenger trade of British shipping companies. This chapter examines the memory work associated with the world's most famous ship, the Titanic, and Britain's most beloved airplane, the Spitfire—both with intimate connections to Southampton—in order to analyse the amnesia surrounding transmigrancy, and the ideological and cultural factors behind it.

Keywords:   transmigrancy, memory, Titanic, Spitfire, Southampton

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