Within Our Gates: A New Perspective on Germans in Glasgow during the First World War

Braber, Ben
November 2009
Journal of Scottish Historical Studies;2009, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p87
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the First World War period and the migrant population of Germans in Glasgow, Scotland. The discussion includes the topics of how anti-German violence took the form of public debate and political action instead of riots and of how anger was diverted into a rent strike and demonstrations concerning local issues. The article suggests that German refugees received less sympathy than Belgian refugees. The national developments and local factors which contributed to the pressure on Germans to denounce their countries of origin, to withdraw from public life, and to abandon their community organizations are noted. The erosion of their ethnic identity which led to the disintegration of the German community in Glasgow is mentioned.


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