William Roscoe, civic myths and the institutionalisation of urban culture

2 Lorenzo in Liverpool: William Roscoe, civic myths and the institutionalisation of urban culture Cultural institutions reflected both personal interests and shared visions of the ideal civic life. Civic cultural leaders used languages of progress and civic humanism to mobilise support for their specific cultural agendas. Like the leaders of the ancient polis, cultural elites promoted histories and myths about the foundation of their own towns to promote new cultural formations and underpin their associated social bonds.1 Liverpool’s early nineteenth

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Some insights into a provincial British commercial network

Liverpool and the Asian trade: a neglected field of study? The lasting historical image of Liverpool is of the great Atlantic port, the gateway to Africa, the West Indies and the Americas, importing sugar, tobacco and raw cotton for the households and mills of the industrial north, and exporting the yarn and piece goods of Manchester and the textile towns of Lancashire

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The end of the line?

8 The Liverpool dock strike of 1995–98: the end of the line? In many ways, what became of the docks and dockland community of Liverpool is emblematic of the region’s decline. Stevedores and dockers were the backbone of the city’s maritime-based economy. In order to grasp the fate of Merseyside in the second half of the twentieth century, it is necessary to examine Liverpool’s waterfront. The main focus of this chapter is on unemployment and underemployment in dock work, and specifically how workers reacted to these changing circumstances in the Liverpool dockers

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By the mid nineteenth century Liverpool’s reputation as a commercial centre was well established. The city’s traders ship-owners and financiers had long been at the forefront of the United Kingdom’s expanding international business links as well as its internal trade and development. Its location meant that Liverpool was as well placed to participate in the Atlantic

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The Ocean group in East and Southeast Asia, c. 1945–73

Liverpool’s overseas trade remained skewed towards the developing world in the postwar, decolonisation era. Thus, from the late 1950s through to the early 1970s, 40–50 per cent of exports by volume from the docks and works of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board (MDHB) were directed towards Africa and Asia. In the same period, meanwhile, 25–30 per cent of imports by volume

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M&H 04_Tonra 01 08/04/2014 07:15 Page 72 4 Irish-Catholic women and modernity in 1930s Liverpool Charlotte Wildman World War One ‘marked the beginning of a Catholic revival’ in Britain and America suggests Patrick Allitt, reflected by ‘a period of bolder social policy, accelerated institutional growth, and a new concern with intellectual life’.1 The confidence of the Catholic Church was particularly striking because of the notable number of high-profile religious conversions made by public intellectuals in the two decades after 1918: Evelyn Waugh, Graham

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6 The Militant Tendency and Liverpool City Council’s fight to save ‘jobs and services’, 1983–86 At a time when public discontent was rife on the streets of Liverpool and rebellion was in the air, it is not surprising that local politics was also revolving. Suffering the effects of severe long-term unemployment and widespread poverty, Liverpool’s local political establishment seemed inept in finding solutions to these problems. A void in local leadership had been created by this fracture, but this gap was soon filled by a new order. In this chapter an analysis is

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1 Unravelling of the post-war consensus and the peculiarities of Liverpool No other city portrays the economic malaise and industrial unrest troubling Britain in the last quarter of the twentieth century more poignantly than Liverpool. This city and the surrounding Merseyside region had frequently been prone to labour strife since the dawn of organised labour. However, it was the emergence of Thatcherism and the ascent of neoliberal economics which placed Liverpool at the forefront of national protest against the encroaching tide of unfettered, free

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Liverpool in Britain’s eighteenth-century empire Liverpool’s success has often been attributed to, and marred by, its being the leader in the slave trade after 1750. This popular perception of Liverpool’s economic history persists despite recent academic work highlighting the fact that the slave trade was not consistently profitable and was very

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Liverpool’s inconvenient imperial past

Liverpool occupies a prominent position in the contemporary popular imagination. In spite of decades of economic decline, urban decay and a name associated by some with poverty and crime, the city's reputation is by no means a negative one. The book is a collection of essays that focuses on the strength of Liverpool's merchant marine, representing both informal and formal empire over centuries. It discusses the interracial relationships in 1950s and 1960s Liverpool to demonstrate that many African and Afro-Caribbean sailors (and others) married or had relationships with white women. Given existing deficiencies in the historiographies of both Liverpool and the British Empire, the book aims to reassess both Liverpool's role within the British imperial system and the impact on the port city of its colonial connections. Liverpool's success has often been attributed to, and marred by, its being the leader in the slave trade after 1750. Napoleonic Wars were a period of great turbulence and difficulty for the Liverpool commercial community. Liverpool is perceived as a diasporic city, however, its ambiguous nineteenth-century identity reflected the tensions of its complex migrant connections. An analysis of Liverpool's business connections with South America reveals its relative commercial decline and the notion of 'gentlemanly capitalism'. The African ethnology collection of National Museums Liverpool's (NML) ethnology collections are displayed in the 'World Cultures' gallery of the World Museum Liverpool, which opened in 2005. Liverpool is perhaps not exceptional, though its networks are notable and striking.