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    Immigrants, Aliens, Evacuees: Exploring the History of Irish Children in Britain During the Second World War

    Redmond, Jennifer (2016) Immigrants, Aliens, Evacuees: Exploring the History of Irish Children in Britain During the Second World War. Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, 9 (2). pp. 295-308. ISSN 1939-6724

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    The Irish in Britain during the Second World War occupied an anomalous and much misunderstood position, being in Bronwen Walter’s apposite analysis, “outsiders inside,” a large minority of nationals of a neutral country residing in a belligerent one. Simultaneously invisible, due to their whiteness and cultural similarities, and hyper-visible as aliens of a neutral country, they were strictly regulated with new forms of identification and police checks. Along with citizens of enemy countries such as Germans and Italians, the Irish “also attracted hostility and suspicion as Fifth Columnists and spies.” The Irish community was not, in fact, demonstrably disloyal to the Allies, but instances such as those reported by Cardinal Hinsley of Westminster to Archbishop Downey of Liverpool of priests and nuns carrying letters from Britain to Ireland to avoid censorship would have stoked fears if they had become public.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the postprint version of the published article, which is available at DOI: 10.1353/hcy.2016.0037
    Keywords: Immigrants; Aliens; Evacuees; Irish Children; Britain; Second World War;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History
    Item ID: 7643
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    Depositing User: Jennifer Redmond
    Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2016 12:53
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth
    Publisher: John Hopkins 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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