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The familiar story of Irish migration to London during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is one of severe poverty, hardship, and marginalization. But many Irish immigrants were middle class and had a vastly different experience within the global metropolis. Detailing studies of Irish lawyers, students, and merchants who moved to London during this period, Irish Londonoverturns assumptions of easy assimilation that have led to scholarly neglect of this group, showing the ways that they depended on Irish culture—and a connection to it—to overcome the ordinary challenges of day-to-day life. In doing so, it offers a new perspective on the unique and tangible value of Irish culture for the many Irish who would call another country home.
“A richly-researched, elegantly-written, and intellectually-sophisticated book. This is one of the most important studies of Irish communities and networks, and certainly the principal study of middle-class migrants, to date.”
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