The oldest surviving book owned by English speakers was a book made in North Africa. Alison Hudson traces how these radical fragments reveal that immigrants and cultural exchange have always been fundamental to British economies, culture, and communities.
Can the migrant detention centres employed by the Trump administration on the US/Mexico border be legitimately labelled “concentration camps”? Historian Dan Stone explores the history of the concentration camp and of its use in political discourse in this episode of the History Workshop Podcast.
Tensions about the rights of native and foreign-born workers in Britain, and attempts to deal with them, are not new but have been the subject of public debate for centuries. Even during the later Middle Ages, the influx of alien workers and its implications for the employment of English-born people was high on the agenda, provoking political crises and prompting the central government to issue new legislation.
While drawing direct parallels to the modern day might be misleading, present-day Germany’s migration debates shares strong underlying themes with the fall of East Germany. The impact of push and pull factors, as well as the role that home and destination countries play in establishing them, continue to matter.
History Workshop Journal’s latest Virtual Special Issue on Migration and Mobility – addressing the urgent question of global migration – features 14 freely-accessible journal articles from the past 30 years.
Citizenship ‘stripping’ laws have expanded the idea of a failed citizen, a boundary shaped by racialised and Islamophobic ‘moral panic’. May Robson examines what it means to be an illegal immigrant in Britain.
Canarians represent a peculiar example of a transnational and migrant community that is as old as modern European imperialism.
Exclusion has, in fact, been central to the configuration of political power in the US and in other white settler states.
What would a British history syllabus for Brexiteers look like?
The current Canadian federal election campaign has given rise to heated debates over veiling and anti-Muslim attitudes. We asked a group of Canadian graduate students and their professors at the University of Victoria in British Columbia to share their thoughts.