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Colin Holmes and the development of migrant and anti-migrant historiography

Colin Holmes and the development of migrant and anti-migrant historiography
Colin Holmes and the development of migrant and anti-migrant historiography
Richard Evans has warned of counter-history and the dangers it represents, often reflecting the work of reactionaries who nostalgically long for a lost England. It is perhaps no coincidence that some of the authors he has in mind, such as Niall Ferguson, have been prominent in their anti-migrant views, writing against the invasion of Britain and/or Europe by undesirables since the Second World War. The chapter presents a different type of counterfactualism: that in the field of historiography, what if–academically speaking–Colin Holmes had not existed? In the study of migration to Britain, and responses to it, would it have been necessary, to paraphrase Voltaire, to invent him? There are historical sociologists such as John Solomos who accept the importance of past attitudes and praxis in understanding more recent developments. These, however, are exceptional individuals working against the dominant forces of their disciplines.
22-32
Taylor and Francis
Kushner, Tony
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Craig-Norton, Jennifer
Hoffmann, Christhard
Kushner, Tony
Kushner, Tony
958c42e3-4290-4cc4-9d7e-85c1cdff143b
Craig-Norton, Jennifer
Hoffmann, Christhard
Kushner, Tony

Kushner, Tony (2018) Colin Holmes and the development of migrant and anti-migrant historiography. In, Craig-Norton, Jennifer, Hoffmann, Christhard and Kushner, Tony (eds.) Migrant Britain: Histories and Historiographies: Essays in Honour of Colin Holmes. 1st ed. London. Taylor and Francis, pp. 22-32. (doi:10.4324/9781315159959).

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Richard Evans has warned of counter-history and the dangers it represents, often reflecting the work of reactionaries who nostalgically long for a lost England. It is perhaps no coincidence that some of the authors he has in mind, such as Niall Ferguson, have been prominent in their anti-migrant views, writing against the invasion of Britain and/or Europe by undesirables since the Second World War. The chapter presents a different type of counterfactualism: that in the field of historiography, what if–academically speaking–Colin Holmes had not existed? In the study of migration to Britain, and responses to it, would it have been necessary, to paraphrase Voltaire, to invent him? There are historical sociologists such as John Solomos who accept the importance of past attitudes and praxis in understanding more recent developments. These, however, are exceptional individuals working against the dominant forces of their disciplines.

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Published date: 25 July 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 427909
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/427909
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Date deposited: 04 Feb 2019 17:30
Last modified: 14 Mar 2019 17:30

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Author: Tony Kushner
Editor: Jennifer Craig-Norton
Editor: Christhard Hoffmann
Editor: Tony Kushner

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