The Italian factor - a vibrant and multi-faceted community which reflects more than a century and a half of immigration to Great Britain. A diverse cross-section of people from all parts of Italy and from all walks of life. A so-far uncharted ethnic minority with a history and structure of its own. This book provides an analysis of the Italian community in this country. Tracing its growth from the first tentative arrivals at the start of the 1830s it examines the origins and occupations of the various waves of Italian immigrants, how they adapted to their new land, how the community grew and changed, and how it survived the devastating reality of internment during World War II. Describing the flood of new Italian immigrants of the 1950s and 1960s and other post-war developments the author offers an incisive overall picture of this ever evolving ethnic community.