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Author Selwood, Jacob
Title Diversity and Difference in Early Modern London
Imprint Farnham : Taylor & Francis Group, 2010
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Note Cover -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- List of Abbreviations -- Introduction -- 1 Setting the Stage: Finding a Place in Early Modern London -- 2 "No Better Than Conduit Pipes": Occupational Practice and the Creation of Difference -- 3 "English-born Reputed Strangers": Birth and Descent in Theory and Practice -- 4 Jewish Immigration in an Anti-stranger Context -- 5 The Islamic World, Captivity and Difference -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index
London in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was a surprisingly diverse place, home not just to people from throughout the British Isles but to a significant population of French and Dutch immigrants, to travelers and refugees from beyond Europe's borderlands and, from the 1650s, to a growing Jewish community. Yet although we know much about the population of the capital of early modern England, we know little about how Londoners conceived of the many peoples of their own city. Diversity and Difference in Early Modern London seeks to rectify this, addressing the question of how the inhabitants of the metropolis ordered the heterogeneity around them. Rather than relying upon literary or theatrical representations, this study emphasizes day-to-day practice, drawing upon petitions, government records, guild minute books and taxation disputes along with plays and printed texts. It shows how the people of London defined belonging and exclusion in the course of their daily actions, through such prosaic activities as the making and selling of goods, the collection of taxes and the daily give and take of guild politics. This book demonstrates that encounters with heterogeneity predate either imperial expansion or post-colonial immigration. In doing so it offers a perspective of interest both to scholars of the early modern English metropolis and to historians of race, migration, imperialism and the wider Atlantic world. An empirical examination of civic economics, taxation and occupational politics that asks broader questions about multiculturalism and Englishness, this study speaks not just to the history of immigration in London itself, but to the wider debate about evolving notions of national identity in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Selwood, Jacob Diversity and Difference in Early Modern London Farnham : Taylor & Francis Group,c2010 9780754663751
Subject Ethnic groups -- England -- London -- History -- 16th century.;Ethnic groups -- England -- London -- History -- 17th century.;Minorities -- England -- London -- History -- 16th century.;Minorities -- England -- London -- History -- 17th century.;Immigrants -- England -- London -- History -- 16th century.;Immigrants -- England -- London -- History -- 17th century.;Aliens -- England -- London -- History -- 16th century
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