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
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.
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 *