Strangers, Subjects, Citizens: Changing Attitudes to Immigrants in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century England

20.06.2017, Vortrag, DHI London

DHI LondonVortragsreihe Migration, Citizenship and Welfare in British History 

20 June 2017 William O’Reilly (Cambridge)  

This lecture will consider the debates surrounding immigration to England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and reflects on why at that time a discernible change occurred in how migrants were treated. It will examine emerging ideas of a ‘British’ Protestant identity and the everchanging relationship with continental Europe, and reflect on changing ideas of Englishness and on popular and public attitudes to foreign workers in England. A rhetoric of ‘suitability’ for English society meant that many foreigners were denied charity and employment, and were directed away from England’s shores. William O’Reilly is Associate Director of the Centre for History and Economics and Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of The Atlantic World, 1450–1800 (2014) and Selling Souls: The Traffic in German Migrants, Habsburg Europe and America, 1648–1780 (forthcoming 2017). He is currently writing a biography of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI (1685–1740).