Black People in the British Empire

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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 ...

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Overview

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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction xi
Part I How Britain Became 'Great Britain'
1. Britain and its Empire 3
2. The Triangular Trade 5
3. India 17
Plunder 17
De-industralization 21
4. The Caribbean from 1834 25
The Abolition of Slavery 25
Indentured Labour 26
Apprenticeship 28
Britain's 'Tropical Farms' 29
5. Africa (other than Southern Africa) 33
6. Territories of White Settlement 38
Tasmania 38
Australia 39
New Zealand 41
Southern Africa 43
Indentured Labour 47
7. Profits of Empire 49
8. How Black People were Ruled 51
9. The Empire and the British Working Class 54
Part II Racism 59
10. The Concept of Race 61
11. Racism and Slavery 63
12. Racism and Empire 66
13. The Reproduction of Racism 73
Historiography 73
Children's Books 77
Part III Resistance 83
14. The Struggle against Slavery 85
15. The Caribbean after Emancipation 98
16. India 107
Conclusion 118
Notes and References 127
Suggestions for Further Reading 161
Index 163
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