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Section - i: List of Illustrations Section - ii: Preface Introduction - iii: 'Years of Distant Wandering' Chapter - One: 'Sons of Ham' Chapter - Two: 'Blackamoors' Chapter - Three: 'For Blacks or Dogs' Chapter - Four: 'Too Pure an Air for Slaves' Chapter - Five: 'Province of Freedom' Chapter - Six: 'The Monster is Dead' Chapter - Seven: Moral Mission Chapter - Eight: 'Liberated Africans' Chapter - Nine: 'Cotton is King' Chapter - Ten: 'Mercy in a Massacre' Chapter - Eleven: 'Darkest Africa' Chapter - Twelve: 'We are a Coloured Empire' Chapter - Thirteen: 'We Prefer their Company' Chapter - Fourteen: 'Swamped' Section - iv: Conclusion Acknowledgements - v: Acknowledgements Section - vi: Bibliography Section - vii: Notes Index - viii: Index

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The acclaimed account of the long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa

About the Author

David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and BAFTA award-winning presenter and filmmaker. His previous books include The Kaiser's Holocaust and The World's War. He was also a contributor to The Oxford Companion to Black British History.


You could not ask for a more judicious, comprehensive and highly readable survey of a part of British history that has been so long overlooked or denied. David Olusoga, in keeping with the high standards of his earlier books, is a superb guide. -- Adam Hochschild
Groundbreaking. * Observer *
[A] comprehensive and important history of black Britain . . . Written with a wonderful clarity of style and with great force and passion. It is thoroughly researched and there are many interesting anecdotes. -- Kwasi Kwarteng * The Sunday Times *
A radical reappraisal of the parameters of history, exposing lacunae in the nation's version of its past. -- Arifa Akbar * Guardian *
A thrilling tale of excavation -- Colin Grant * Guardian *
[Olusoga] has discovered new and exciting research materials . . . Such sources give his writing freshness, originality and compassion . . . [Black and British] will inspire and will come to be seen as a major effort to address one of the greatest silences in British historiography -- David Dabydeen * New Statesman *
Lucid and accessible. * Herald Scotland *
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 *
An insightful, inclusive history of black people in Britain . . . Rich in detail and packed with strong personalities, this is an important contribution to our understanding of life in the UK. * History Revealed *
An insightful, inclusive history of black people in Britain which is rich in detail and packed with strong, interesting characters. -- Stephanie Yeboah * GQ *
Ambitious . . . Long overdue -- Hakim Adi * Spectator *
Olusoga has single-handedly over recent years forced our forgotten history on the agenda . . . Written with an urgency it is a thrilling and engaging read. * Nigerian Watch *
An erudite exploration of racism and how it continues to mutate . . . it is exhilarating to read a fine mind at work. -- Cathy Rentzenbrink * Guardian *

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