Black People in the British Empire

Black People in the British Empire

by Peter Fryer
     
 

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Black People in the British Empire: An Introduction is a challenge to the official version of British history. It tells the story of Britain's exploitation and oppression of its subject peoples in the colonies since the twelfth century, and in particular the people of Africa, Asia and Australasia, who until now have been virtually deprived of their history by white…  See more details below

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Black People in the British Empire: An Introduction is a challenge to the official version of British history. It tells the story of Britain's exploitation and oppression of its subject peoples in the colonies since the twelfth century, and in particular the people of Africa, Asia and Australasia, who until now have been virtually deprived of their history by white historians.

Peter Fryer reveals how the ideology of racism was used as justification for acquiring and expanding the Empire; how the British Industrial Revolution developed out of profits from the slave trade; and the colonies were deliber-ately de-industrialised to create a market for British manufacturers.

In describing the frequency and the scale of revolts by subject peoples against slavery and foreign domination -- and the brutality used in crushing them -- Peter Fryer exposes the true history of colonialism, and restores to black people their central role in Britain's past.

Peter Fryer was born in Yorkshire and now lives in London. Black People in the British Empire complements his highly acclaimed earlier work, Staying Power, first published by Pluto Press in 1984.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745303420
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
11/28/1988
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Fryer is the author of the classic Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain and, more recently, Rhythms of Resistance: African Musical Heritage in Brazil, also available from Pluto Press. He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary who recognised his "continuous support of the Hungarian revolution and freedom fight". He died in 2006.

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