By David Conway
Examines the background of immigration to Britain, and notes that the small numbers interested in the earlier allowed for the neighborhood tradition to be triumphant. present traits of enormous scale immigration may possibly swap that.
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13 Part of the reason Britain’s population failed to grow for over a hundred and fifty years following the Black Death of 1381 was a recurrence of outbreaks of similar diseases. It also appears, however, that, during this time, many people there simply became increasingly reluctant to marry, or at least to 37 A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS? have children, perhaps, understandably, fearing the worst for them. Britain’s population, however, did begin to stage a recovery early in the sixteenth century: From 1525 the demographic brakes were at last released, and the stagnant British population accelerated into rapid growth.
That this never happened was, arguably, as much the result of fortune than of anyone’s design. Edgar’s son was the hapless Ethelred the ‘Unready’. Known as ‘the Confessor’ on account of his piety, this king Edward died in 1066 by which time Normandy had fallen under the rule of William, a grandson of its former Duke, Richard I. Despite his marriage to a daughter of the Earl of Wessex, Edward the Confessor died without heir. Supposedly, on his deathbed, he had nominated his brother‐in‐law Harold to succeed him.
Hardly any aspect of life was unaffected by the settlers. To finance his military campaign, as well as reward those who had helped him gain the country, William was in need of liquid funds. To obtain these funds, William turned for credit to several Jewish financiers resident in Normandy. Along with his soldiers, William brought over a small number of these Jewish financiers. They initially took up residence in 33 A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS? London, subsequently being joined there by spouses and children.
A Nation of Immigrants?: A Brief Demographic History of Britain (CS58) by David Conway