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Black and British

A Forgotten History

By David Olusoga

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Format: Paperback, 624 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 27 July 2017
Winner of the 2017 PEN Hessell-Tiltman PrizeWinner of the Longman History Today Trustees' Award A History Book of the YearLonglisted for the Orwell PrizeShortlisted for the inaugural Jhalak PrizeIn this vital re-examination of a shared history, historian and broadcaster David Olusoga tells the rich and revealing story of the long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa and the Caribbean. Drawing on new genealogical research, original records, and expert testimony, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination, Elizabethan `blackamoors' and the global slave-trading empire. It shows that the great industrial boom of the nineteenth century was built on American slavery, and that black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of both World Wars. Black British history is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation. It is not a singular history, but one that belongs to us all.Unflinching, confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals, Olusoga describes how the lives of black and white Britons have been entwined for centuries.

Table of Contents

Section - i: List of IllustrationsSection - ii: PrefaceIntroduction - iii: `Years of Distant Wandering'Chapter - One: `Sons of Ham'Chapter - Two: `Blackamoors'Chapter - Three: `For Blacks or Dogs'Chapter - Four: `Too Pure an Air for Slaves'Chapter - Five: `Province of Freedom'Chapter - Six: `The Monster is Dead'Chapter - Seven: Moral MissionChapter - Eight: `Liberated Africans'Chapter - Nine: `Cotton is King'Chapter - Ten: `Mercy in a Massacre'Chapter - Eleven: `Darkest Africa'Chapter - Twelve: `We are a Coloured Empire'Chapter - Thirteen: `We Prefer their Company'Chapter - Fourteen: `Swamped'Section - iv: ConclusionAcknowledgements - v: AcknowledgementsSection - vi: BibliographySection - vii: NotesIndex - viii: Index

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An acclaimed re-examination of a shared history, telling the rich and revealing story of the long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa and the Caribbean.

About the Author

David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and BAFTA award-winning presenter and filmmaker. His previous books include The Kaiser's Holocaust and The World's War. He was also a contributor to The Oxford Companion to Black British History.


You could not ask for a more judicious, comprehensive and highly readable survey of a part of British history that has been so long overlooked or denied. David Olusoga, in keeping with the high standards of his earlier books, is a superb guide. -- Adam Hochschild Groundbreaking. * Observer * [A] comprehensive and important history of black Britain . . . Written with a wonderful clarity of style and with great force and passion. It is thoroughly researched and there are many interesting anecdotes. -- Kwasi Kwarteng * The Sunday Times * A radical reappraisal of the parameters of history, exposing lacunae in the nation's version of its past. -- Arifa Akbar * Guardian * A thrilling tale of excavation -- Colin Grant * Guardian * [Olusoga] has discovered new and exciting research materials [which] give his writing freshness, originality and compassion . . . [Black and British] will inspire and will come to be seen as a major effort to address one of the greatest silences in British historiography * New Statesman * Lucid and accessible. * Herald Scotland * Olusoga's account challenges narrow visions of Britain's past. By tracing the triangulated connections between Britain, America and Africa, he presents black British history in global terms [...] His subjects, even those who barely figure in the historical record, appear as individuals who matter, both in their own right and as historical exemplars. * The London Review of Books * An insightful, inclusive history of black people in Britain . . . Rich in detail and packed with strong personalities, this is an important contribution to our understanding of life in the UK. * History Revealed * Ambitious . . . Long overdue -- Hakim Adi * Spectator * An insightful, inclusive history of black people in Britain which is rich in detail and packed with strong, interesting characters. -- Stephanie Yeboah * GQ *

EAN: 9781447299769
ISBN: 1447299760
Publisher: Pan Books
Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 3.9 centimetres (0.38 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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