The Oxford Companion to Black British History

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The first ever reference work to explore the full story of black people in Britain, this Companion is an essential resource for anyone who wants to understand this long and fascinating history from classical times to the present day. It brings together a unique collection of articles--more than 400 entries written by more than 100 specialists--that provide an overview of the black presence in Britain, and the rich and diverse contribution made to British society. The A-Z guide includes entries for landmark figures, key events, concepts (such as Emancipation and Reparations), and historical accounts. Subject areas include medicine, military history, art, music, sports, and education. Entries range from the African auxiliaries stationed on Hadrian's Wall in the second century A.D., through John Edmonstone, who taught taxidermy to Charles Darwin, Mary Seacole, the "Black Florence Nightingale," and Walter Tull, a professional soccer player and First World War officer. The Companion includes a detailed timeline that charts key dates for people and events from the second century AD to the present. The guide will be of tremendous interest to those interested in virtually any subject relating to the Black British community, or anyone interested in finding out about the history of expatriated Africans outside the Americas.
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"Excellent....Highly recommended. All levels."--CHOICE

Library Journal

Editors Dabydeen (Black Writers in Britain), John Gilmore (Faces of the Caribbean), and Cecily Jones (Engendering Whiteness) have collected the research of 112 field specialists in this book devoted to prominent deceased British figures of African and Afro-Caribbean descent. Equally well examined are the events, organizations, places, concepts, and non-British historical figures-from the second century C.E. to the 21st century-that contributed significantly to the development of Afro-Briton history. Averaging several paragraphs to several pages in length, the entries are organized alphabetically by topic name. A 14-page chronology and an extensive bibliography conclude this thoroughgoing and engagingly written work. Highly recommended for general history and cultural studies collections.


—Savannah Schroll Guz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192804396
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/26/2007
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Dabydeen is a Professor in the Centre for Caribbean Studies at the University of Warwick. Recent publications include Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation: Black Writers in the British Romantic Period (1999), and the novel A Harlot's Progress, which was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Guyana's Ambassador to UNESCO.
John Gilmore is a lecturer in the Centre for Caribbean Studies at the University of Warwick. Recent publications include A-Z of Barbados Heritage, Empires and Conquests, and Freedom and Change.
Cecily Jones is a member of the Sociology Department of the University of Warwick, where she is Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Caribbean Studies.

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