Migrant City A New History of London Panikos Panayi

Publication date:
25 Feb 2020
Yale University Press
384 pages: 235 x 156mm
32 b-w illus.
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The first history of London to show just how far the city has been built, shaped, and made a great success through immigration

The history of London is a history of immigration. Two millennia ago, Roman invaders founded the city. Since then, it has developed into a global financial capital and multicultural hub in which over three hundred languages are spoken.

Panikos Panayi here explores the rich and vibrant history of London’s immigration scene. Ranging from Jewish and German immigrants in the Victorian period to the Windrush generation invited from Caribbean countries in the twentieth century, as well as earlier continental financiers and more recent European Union citizens, Panayi shows how migration has been fundamental to London’s economic, social, political and cultural development. He showcases the various ways in which newcomers have shaped London life, acting as cheap labor, contributing to the success of its financial sector, its curry houses, and its football clubs. Without immigration, driven by globalization, Panayi argues, London would not have become the world capital it is today.

Panikos Panayi was born in London to Greek Cypriot immigrants and grew up in the multicultural city that was developing during the 1960s and 1970s. A leading authority on the history of migration, he is professor of European history at De Montfort University.