Black and British

A Forgotten History

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Macmillan Digital Audio

Publication date: 03.11.2016
ISBN: 9781509837113
Number of pages: 0


A Waterstones History Book of the Year
Longlisted for the Orwell Prize
Shortlisted for the inaugural Jhalak Prize

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. Black and British is a vital re-examination of a shared history, published to accompany the landmark BBC Two series.

In the media

Lucid and accessible.
Herald Scotland
Ambitious . . . Long overdue
A thrilling tale of excavation

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David Olusoga at Bradford Literature Festival

David Olusoga at Bradford Literature Festival

  • Bradford College
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    Bradford College Great Horton Rd Bradford, BD7 1AY UNITED KINGDOM
  • 02 July 2017 10:30
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David Olusoga, author of 'Black & British' will be speaking at a panel event, 'On the Forgotten History of Empire', alongside Karen Abi-Ezzi and Kim Wagner at the Bradford Literature Festival. " "...

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David Olusoga at Wimpole History Festival

David Olusoga at Wimpole History Festival

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  • 08 July 2017 18:00
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David Olusoga will be at Wimpole History Festival discussing his book 'Black & British' on Saturday 8th July at 6pm.

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