Stirring spectacles of cosmopolitan animation’
Liverpool as a diasporic city, 1825–1913
in The empire in one city?
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This chapter seeks to outline the scale and character of emigration through Liverpool and its significance for the city. It examines the impact of nineteenth-century in-migration and questions whether it is useful to view Liverpool as a diasporic city. The chapter suggests that Liverpool's ambiguous nineteenth-century identity reflected the tensions of its complex migrant connections. Liverpool was the most important emigrant port in the British Isles, and shows the extent of its dominance. Over twelve million passengers passed through the city between 1825 and 1913, nearly 56 per cent of all those leaving United Kingdom (UK) ports. The Famine emigration dominates perceptions of Liverpool's importance for Irish overseas emigration. The emigrant traffic was an element in the endemic controversy over Liverpool's dock facilities that reflected ambiguity in the role of the port.

The empire in one city?

Liverpool’s inconvenient imperial past

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