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Black and British

A Forgotten History

4.65 based on 70 ratings & 17 reviews on Goodreads.com

2017 Long-listed

The Orwell Prize

2017 Short-listed

Jahalak Prize

2017 Winner

PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize

Macmillan

03 November 16
9781447299745
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£9.99
1468 mins
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Synopsis

Winner of the 2017 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize
Winner of the Longman History Today Trustees' Award
A Waterstones.com History Book of the Year
Longlisted for the Orwell Prize
Shortlisted for the inaugural Jhalak Prize


In this vital re-examination of a shared history, historian and broadcaster David Olusoga tells the rich and revealing story of the long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa and the Caribbean.

Drawing on new genealogical research, original records, and expert testimony, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination, Elizabethan ‘blackamoors’ and the global slave-trading empire. It shows that the great industrial boom of the nineteenth century was built on American slavery, and that black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of both World Wars. Black British history is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation. It is not a singular history, but one that belongs to us all.

Unflinching, confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals, Olusoga describes how the lives of black and white Britons have been entwined for centuries.

In the media

Groundbreaking.
Observer
Olusoga's account challenges narrow visions of Britain's past. By tracing the triangulated connections between Britain, America and Africa, he presents black British history in global terms [...] His subjects, even those who barely figure in the historical record, appear as individuals who matter, both in their own right and as historical exemplars.
The London Review of Books
A thrilling tale of excavation
Guardian