From Family History to Community History

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With its aim of placing individual and localized cases in their social and historical context, this accessible and innovative series will stimulate and develop personal research in family and community history. This volume moves from a focus on individual families to the broader patterns revealed by recent research on population, household structures, domestic economies, family relationships, and family myths.
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Overview

With its aim of placing individual and localized cases in their social and historical context, this accessible and innovative series will stimulate and develop personal research in family and community history. This volume moves from a focus on individual families to the broader patterns revealed by recent research on population, household structures, domestic economies, family relationships, and family myths.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Contributors
Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Studying Migration 5
1 Fundamental ideas and concepts 5
2 Some sources for migration studies 8
3 Theories and explanations of migration 10
4 Moving over seas and continents: some further perspectives 18
Ch. 2 Aspects of English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish Migrations 32
1 The family's role in migration: an example from rural Essex, 1861-81 32
2 How do we study short-term population movements? Two contrasting English examples 38
3 Welsh chapels in England and their role in migration 44
4 Scots and Irish on the move 50
Ch. 3 Movements into the British Isles: Three Complementary Perspectives 70
1 Why did Hermann Schulze emigrate from Finsterwalde to London? 70
2 'Swirls and currents' of migration: Jewish emigrants from Eastern Europe, 1881-1914 78
3 Studying the 'new' British: some questions to investigate 92
Ch. 4 Using Quantitative and Cartographic Techniques: Two Examples 106
1 Testing two competing hypotheses: the case of Preston, Lancashire, in 1851 106
2 Sex ratios, intra-regional flows and cartographic analysis: north-east Wales in 1851 108
3 Regional studies and project work 118
Ch. 5 Towns and Their Regional Settings 121
1 Towns, their hinterlands and central place theory 121
2 Market towns and regional centres 125
3 Interactions and linkages 127
4 Urban hinterlands and spheres of influence 131
5 Towns in the Wales-England Borderlands, 1828-1965 138
Ch. 6 Towns and Villages: Social Divisions and Spatial Patterns 143
1 Social and ethnic divisions 143
2 The village: its nature, role and function 144
3 The city: the transformation of its residential patterns 148
4 The nineteenth-century city 150
5 The twentieth-century city 155
Ch. 7 Staying and Moving: Links Between Migration and Community 162
1 How do people move and settle within local communities? Some examples and questions 162
2 The impact of out-migration and emigration on sending communities: examples from Ireland 169
Ch. 8 Jewish East London, 1850-1950 181
1 One community or many? 182
2 Studying the geography of settlement 189
3 Community creation 192
4 Immigrants and the host community 197
Ch. 9 Community and Community History 209
1 Community: what is it and how can we investigate it? 209
Exercises: Answers and Comments 218
Acknowledgements 227
Index 231
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