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Black and British An Untold Story by David Olusoga
  

Black and British An Untold Story

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Unflinching, confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals, Olusoga describes how black and white Britons have been intimately entwined for centuries. Black and British is a vital re-examination of a shared history, published to accompany the landmark BBC Two series.

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Black and British An Untold Story by David Olusoga

A Waterstones History Book of the Year Shortlisted for the inaugural Jhalak Prize In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga offers readers a rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination and Shakespeare's Othello. It reveals that behind the South Sea Bubble was Britain's global slave-trading empire and that much of the great industrial boom of the nineteenth century was built on American slavery. It shows that Black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of the First World War. Black British history can be read in stately homes, street names, statues and memorials across Britain and is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation.

Reviews

'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

'Lucid and accessible.' Herald Scotland

'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

About the Author

David Olusoga is a historian and a BBC producer, and an expert on the themes of colonialism, slavery and racism. He is the co-author of the much-praised THE KAISER'S HOLOCAUST (2010).

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Book Info

Publication date

25th October 2016

Author

David Olusoga

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Publisher

Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback
624 pages

Categories

Social & cultural history


ISBN

9781447299738

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