This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £64 / Conc. £48
East London is one of the most vibrant areas of our multicultural capital – a magnet for immigrants seeking freedom, safety, and prosperity over hundreds of years. Its history is evident in its sights, sounds, and smells.
But the East End is also a place where poverty and wealth have rubbed up against each other very uneasily. It has been a focal point for anti-immigrant movements who resent "their" territory being encroached upon and transformed.
At key moments during the 20th century, the East End has witnessed dramatic clashes of ideas. It’s seen provocative marches and rallies on the streets, as well as imaginative forms of resistance, especially in the 1900s, 1930s, and 1970s. This course, taught by David Rosenberg, author of Battle for the East End and Rebel Footprints, explores these episodes in detail.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone, whether based in London or much further away, who is interested in discovering the special features of this area that contributed to making it a central point for such conflicts and struggles. It is for anyone interested in East End or London’s social history, in the immigrant communities who bore the brunt of such negative attention and in the features of fascism and different kinds of racism – and, crucially, the resistance to such ideas and movements.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
This course will be held via Zoom. You need a computer/laptop or mobile phone to access the Zoom website, and a reliable internet connection. For further information on how to join a Zoom meeting, you can watch the joining video here.
Will I be assessed?
There is no formal assessment for courses at Bishopsgate Institute. However, to monitor your learning and progress, tutors will assess your participation in classroom activities.
You will learn
By the end of this course, you will have learnt:
- About the ideas and activities of the racist and fascist movements that organised in East London
- About the key incidents in this history and how they were countered
- The names of the key personalities and campaigns that were central to these stories of racism and resistance
- What the legacy of this history is for the area in the twenty-first century.
Meet the Tutor
David Rosenberg is an educator, writer and tour guide on London’s social and political history who has been who has been teaching adult education courses over several years at the Bishopsgate Institute as well as the City Lit, and Conway Hall.
He is the author of Rebel Footprints (2nd Edition 2019) and has written articles on London’s social history and current affairs for various print and online publications, including the Guardian, New Statesman, Time Out, Jewish Quarterly, and Channel 4’s History website.
In the 1980s he worked for projects and organisations concerned with race equality, including the Runnymede Trust, then based off Brick Lane.
- East End as immigrant destination
- Anti-alienism and responses: 1881 – First World War
- 1930s: the first East London branches of Mosley’s fascist movement
- The battle for the East End including Cable Street and conflicts immediately post-war
- 1970s and 1990s responses of the Bengali community and their allies
- Conclusions from the course
Need to Know
- 19:00 – 21:00
- Bishopsgate Institute
- David Rosenberg
- Max Students
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