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Given its significance in the history of Britain as the pioneer city of the industrial revolution, it is surprising that until the 1990s there was little academic research on the Manchester Irish. This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book focuses on the Irish in Manchester during the nineteenth century and the early years of the twentieth. It highlights the place the Irish devised for themselves in the life of the city, with reference to the extent to which they preserved their sense of Irish identity whilst making their way in one of the most dynamic world cities of the period. The extent to which they retained their identity through communal social solidarity, residential clustering, religious loyalties, communal celebration and political aspiration, whilst adapting the institutions, mores and institutions of the host society is studied.

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The Irish in Manchester c. 1750–1921

Resistance, adaptation and identity


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