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Divergent paths: Family histories of Irish emigrants in Britain 1820-1920

John Herson


This book is unique in adopting a family history approach to Irish migration in nineteenth century Britain. Historians of the Irish in Britain have almost totally ignored the family dimension, but this study shows that the family was central to Irish peoples’ lives and experiences. It was the major factor influencing the life choices and identity of the migrants and their descendants. The book documents for the first time a representative sample of Irish immigrant families and uses the techniques of family and digital history to explore their long-term fate. To do this it examines the Irish in ... More

Keywords: Irish migration/migrants, Family history, Genealogy, Families, Ethnicity, Identity, Gender relations, Digital history, Stafford

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719090639
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719090639.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Herson, author
Liverpool John Moores University