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    The evil May Day Riot of 1517 and the popular politics of anti-immigrant hostility in early modern London

    Waddell, Brodie (2021) The evil May Day Riot of 1517 and the popular politics of anti-immigrant hostility in early modern London. Historical Research 94 (266), pp. 716-735. ISSN 0950-3471.

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    Abstract

    London experienced repeated outbreaks of popular xenophobia in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with the worst coming in the Evil May Day riot of 1517. This article illuminates the hydra-like nature of the stereotype of the immigrant at this time, which rhetorically combined the diverse population of aliens into a single material and political threat. It begins with a close analysis of the riot itself, before examining the continuing relevance of this distinctive caricature. It shows how the perceived ‘privileges’ afforded to several different sorts of strangers in early modern London made them a special target for popular hostility.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): migration, xenophobia, protest
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Brodie Waddell
    Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2021 14:09
    Last Modified: 12 Aug 2023 00:10
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/45493

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