This book, first published in 1978, examines the debate over immigration into Britain and raises the important point that the existence in the country of immigrant and minority groups is nothing new. Britain has, in fact, attracted newcomers throughout most of its history and it is to remedy the deficiency of research and knowledge about these early immigration processes that the present volume has been put together. Composed of a number of essays written from different perspectives by specialists in different areas, it attempts overall to provide a tightly integrated review of the major research areas, themes and problems involved in immigration studies.
1. Introduction: Immigrants and Minorities in Britain Colin Holmes 2. Britons Old and New V.G. Kiernan 3. German Immigrants in England Hermann Kellenbenz 4. English Attitudes to the Irish in England, 1789-1900 Sheridan Gilley 5. The Chinese in Britain, 1860-1914 J.P. May 6. J.A. Hobson and the Jews Colin Holmes 7. The Vitality of a Tradition Nicholas Deakin