Historicising the invisible: transmigrancy, memory and local identities

Tony Kushner

in Anglo-Jewry Since 1066

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780719076541
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702512 | DOI:
Historicising the invisible: transmigrancy, memory and local identities

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By the First World War, Southampton was beginning to rival Liverpool as Britain's leading transmigrant port. It provided routes to north and south Atlantic destinations, especially, from the 1890s, to eastern (and, to a lesser extent, southern and northern) European migrants who had broken their journey in England. Transmigrancy was big business. It has been estimated that ‘The alien passenger, and in particular the transmigrant flows through Britain’ totalled one-third of all the passenger trade of British shipping companies. This chapter examines the memory work associated with the world's most famous ship, the Titanic, and Britain's most beloved airplane, the Spitfire—both with intimate connections to Southampton—in order to analyse the amnesia surrounding transmigrancy, and the ideological and cultural factors behind it.

Keywords: transmigrancy; memory; Titanic; Spitfire; Southampton

Chapter.  13294 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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