The Empire Comes Home

Commonwealth Migration to Britain

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Abstract

This chapter looks at the reversal of the colonial encounter through black and Asian migration to Britain and the impact of this migration on metropolitan culture and identity. It sets the history of Commonwealth migration to Britain not only in the context of colonial history and decolonisation but also in the context of the wider history of twentiethcentury migration to Britain including migration from Ireland and continental Europe. It considers how far imperial connections and colonial mentalities were significant in shaping official and popular responses to white, black, and Asian Commonwealth migrants and migrants' diverse expectations and experiences. In considering responses it traces some of the diversity of racial thinking in a culture that was never monolithic or singular.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritain's Experience of Empire in the Twentieth Century
EditorsAndrew Thompson
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages122-160
ISBN (Electronic)9780191730955
ISBN (Print)9780199236589
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameOxford History of the British Empire Companion Series
PublisherOxford University Press

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Commonwealth
Colonies
History
Migrants
Asia
Colonial History
Continental
Metropolitan
Decolonization
Mentality
Ireland

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Webster, W. (2011). The Empire Comes Home: Commonwealth Migration to Britain. In A. Thompson (Ed.), Britain's Experience of Empire in the Twentieth Century (pp. 122-160). (Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199236589.003.0004
Webster, Wendy. / The Empire Comes Home : Commonwealth Migration to Britain. Britain's Experience of Empire in the Twentieth Century. editor / Andrew Thompson. Oxford University Press, 2011. pp. 122-160 (Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series).
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