Black and British: A Forgotten History

Black and British: A Forgotten History

by David Olusoga


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Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

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 19th century was built on American slavery. It shows that Black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of World War I. 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. Unflinching, confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals, this book describes how black and white Britons have been intimately entwined for centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447299769
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 01/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 571,276
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster, and a BAFTA award-winning presenter and filmmaker.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xv

Introduction 'Years of Distant Wandering' 1

1 'Sons of Ham' 29

2 'Blackamoors' 57

3 'For Blacks or Dogs' 77

4 'Too Pure an Air for Slaves' 113

5 'Province of Freedom' 143

6 'The Monster is Dead' 199

7 Moral Mission 233

8 'Liberated Africans' 283

9 'Cotton is King' 339

10 'Mercy in a Massacre' 367

11 'Darkest Africa' 399

12 'We are a Coloured Empire' 427

13 'We Prefer their Company' 467

14 'Swamped' 489

Conclusion 521

Acknowledgements 527

Bibliography 531

Notes 551

Index 583

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