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German Immigrants in Britain During the 19th Century, 1815-1914


The first comprehensive study of the German immigrant community in Britain during the 19th century.

This thoroughly researched study examines the condition of Germans, Britain's largest continental immigrant population for most of the 19th century.

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The first comprehensive study of the German immigrant community in Britain during the 19th century.

This thoroughly researched study examines the condition of Germans, Britain's largest continental immigrant population for most of the 19th century.

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"Dr Panayi is a leading scholar on the study of German immigration to Britain and [this book] is highly informative and comprehensive." —Lucio Sponza, University of Westminster

"Panayi's fine work can be characterized as an introductory history, not mainly primary source-based, but resting on a wide range of secondary sources, and drawing heavily on the field of German-American Studies, thus leading to numerous interesting comparisons and conclusions between German-American and British-German history." —H-Net

"... well researched background ... I really enjoyed reading the book and it has a wealth of material on all aspects of German migration to Britain." —Gwen Davis, Anglo-German History Society

"... highly informative ... the book underlines once again that this is an extremely interesting topic for historical research." —German Historical Institute London Bulletin

"... a highly informative and critical survey, built on solid scholarship and an extensive range of sources..." —Patterns of Prejudice

" ... an informative survey. ... a rich account of philanthropic, cultural, and religious associations among German immigrants." —The Economic History Review

" ... a pioneer work. (Panayi) presents an admirable piece of work offering a detailed and well written overview of German immigration in Britain between 1815 and the outbreak of the First World War in 1914." —New Community

"Timely, well-written and exhaustively-researched..." —British Politics Group Newsletter

" extremely well-documented survey of the socio-economic patterns of immigration from Germany to Britain in the nineteenth century." —The International History Review

"In his discussion of the everyday lives of the Germans and their organizations, Panayi has dug deeper into the sources than any previous writer and has been assiduous in delivering detail from archives in Germany." —English Historical Review

For most of the 19th century, Germans represented the largest continental immigrant population in Britain. Hostility toward them spread during the 1800s and escalated with the growth of Anglo- German hostility in the period leading up to the outbreak of WWI. Panayi tracks these changes, making systematic use of primary sources both in Britain and in Germany. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859730928
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/5/1995
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Lexile: 1770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Panikos Panayi is a Senior Lecturer in History, at De Montfort University, Leicester.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
1 The Pre-Nineteenth Century Background 1
2 German Migration to Britain During the Nineteenth Century 35
3 Residential, Age and Gender, and Occupational Distribution 89
4 Ethnic Organisations: Religion, Philanthropy, Culture and Politics 145
5 British Attitudes Towards Germany, Germans and German Immigrants 201
Conclusion 253
Bibliography 259
Index 289
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