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German Migrants in Post-War Britain

An Enemy Embrace, 1st Edition

By Dr Inge Weber-Newth, Johannes-Dieter Steinert


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Both timely and topical, with 2005 marking the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, this unique book examines the little-known and under-researched area of German migration to Britain in the immediate post-war era. Authors Weber-Newth and Steinert analyze the political framework of post-war immigration and immigrant policy, and the complex decision-making processes that led to large-scale labour migration from the continent. They consider:

* identity, perception of self and others, stereotypes and prejudice

* how migrants dealt with language and intercultural issues

* migrants' attitudes towards national socialist and contemporary Germany

* migrants' motivation for leaving Germany

* migrants' initial experiences and their reception in Britain after the war, as recalled after 50 years in the host country, compared to their original expectations.

Based on rich British and German governmental and non-governmental archive sources, contemporary newspaper articles and nearly eighty biographically–oriented interviews with German migrants, this outstanding volume, a must-read for students and scholars in the fields of social history, sociology and migration studies, expertly encompasses political as well as social-historical questions and engages with the social, economic and cultural situation of German immigrants to Britain from a life-historical perspective.

Table of Contents

1. Britain and West Germany in the Post-War Period 2. Immigration Policy – Immigrant Policy 3. Life and Work in Post-War Britain 4. Welfare and Support 5. Fifty Years On 6. Five Life Stories

About the Authors

Inge Weber-Newth is Principal Lecturer in Applied Language Studies and a member of the Research Institute for the Study of European Transformations (ISET) at London Metropolitan Unversity. Her main research interests include migration and ethnic minorities, language and identity, and biographical and collective memory.

Johannes-Dieter Steinert, Senior Research Fellow in History at the University of Wolverhampton. His main areas of research include migration and minorities, and German, British and European History.

About the Series

British Politics and Society

Social change impacts not just upon voting behaviour and party identity but also the formulation of policy. But how do social changes and political developments interact? Which shapes which? Reflecting a belief that social and political structures cannot be understood either in isolation from each other or from the historical processes which form them, this series will examine the forces that have shaped British society and culture. Cross- disciplinary approaches will be encouraged. In the process, the series will aim to make a contribution to existing fields, such as politics, history, sociology and media studies, as well as opening out new and hitherto-neglected fields.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General