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    Life history and the Irish immigrant experience in Post-War England

    Redmond, Jennifer (2022) Life history and the Irish immigrant experience in Post-War England. Contemporary British History, 36 (4). pp. 646-647. ISSN 1361-9462

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    It is always welcome to find a new book featuring oral histories with the Irish in Britain, a community that has experienced continued but differing waves of new migrants into its cohort in the post-Second World War period. Capturing such experiences, as Hazley has in this book, is essential and contributes not only to the history of the Irish in Britain but also to British history in explicitly acknowledging the role immigrants have played in that country in modern times. Such insights are particularly relevant to highlight and explore in post-Brexit Britain where ahistorical, nationalist narratives have abounded which erase the valued contribution immigrants from the Empire and beyond have made to such valued institutions as the National Health Service, to give just one example that is explored in the Conclusion. In the Acknowledgements, Hazley describes the interviews as ‘source material of incomparable richness’ (p. xiii) and this is a fitting description of the value of oral history to modern social histories regardless of theme or focus.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: McBride, T. 2022, Life History and the Irish Migrant Experience in Post-war England: Myth, Memory and Emotional Adaption. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020. Pp. 272. $120.00 (cloth), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
    Keywords: Historians; Life history; Memory; Narratives; War;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History
    Item ID: 17847
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    Depositing User: Jennifer Redmond
    Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2023 11:09
    Journal or Publication Title: Contemporary British History
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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