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Struggles for a past: Irish and Afro-Caribbean histories in England, 1951-2000

Kevin Myers


The emergence of multicultural Britain was one of the most profound transformations of 20th century society. This book provides both a description and an analysis of that change. It argues that immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean and Ireland, despite deep and historic connections to Britain, were widely represented as ‘alien others’ and understood to threaten an exclusive national culture that was guaranteed by history. This was a highly selective version of the national past but it encouraged the idea that post-war immigrants had created a new ‘race problem’ that required management and int ... More

Keywords: Historical memory, historical identity, historical consciousness, identification, supplementary education, racism, discrimination, Irish, Afro-Caribbean, Black history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719084805
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719084805.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Myers, author
University of Birmingham