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American Society for Training and Development, Aug 2, 2006 - Business & Economics - 16 pages
Exploring the neglected history of Britain's largest migrant population, this is a major new study of the Irish in Britain after 1945. The Irish in Post-War Britain reconstructs, with both empathy and imagination, the histories of the lost generation who left independent Ireland in huge numbers to settle in Britain from the 1940s until the 1960s. Drawing on a wide range of previously neglected materials, Enda Delaney illustrates the complex process of negotiation and renegotiation that was involved in adapting and adjusting to life in Britain. Less visible than other newcomers, it is widely assumed that the Irish assimilated with relative ease shortly after arrival. The Irish in Post-war Britain challenges this view, and shows that the Irish often perceived themselves to be outsiders, located on the margins of their adopted home. Many contemporaries frequently lumped the Irish together as all being essentially the same, but Delaney argues that the experiences of Britain's Irish population after the Second World War were much more diverse than previously assumed, and shaped by social class, geography, and gender, as well as nationality. The book's original approach demonstrates that any understanding of a migrant group must take account of both elements of the society that they had left, as well as the social landscape of their new country. Proximity ensured that even though these people had left Ireland, home as an imagined sense of place was never far away inthe minds of those who had settled in Britain.
 

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During the past 40 years, Michael Marquardt has worked in nearly 80 countries and has trained more than 100,000 leaders and HRD professionals. He is a professor of human and organizational learning, as well as director of the Global Teams and Organizations Certificate Program at George Washington University. Michael has written 25 books and more than 100 articles on topics such as, globalization, global teams, cross-cultural learning, and global leadership. He is the author of Action Learning in Action and Optimizing the Power of Action Learning --two books that have established him as a world leader in the field of action learning. More than one million copies of his publications have been sold in a dozen languages worldwide. Mike's achievements and leadership have been recognized through numerous awards including the International Practitioner of the Year Award from ATD. He also serves as the president of the World Institute for Action Learning.

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