Black and British

Black and British

A Forgotten History

Book - 2016
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A vital re-examination of a shared history, published to accompany the landmark BBC Two series. 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. Unflinching, confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals, Olusoga describes how black and white Britons have been intimately entwined for centuries.
Publisher: London :, Macmillan,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781447299738
Branch Call Number: 305.8 OLU
Characteristics: xxii, 602 pages, [32] pages of plates :,illustrations ;,23 cm.


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Katherine's pick: I included this book last month but as I'm still reading it and learning so much I thought I'd put it on again. I have found out so much about the impact and repercussions of the slave trade on the UK, and I still have topics such as the Windrush to cover. An essential but uneas... Read More »

Katherine's pick: An engrossing and important history, taking a detailed look at black people in Britain from Roman times onwards, and also considering the wider implications of the slave trade.

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