Black British History

New Perspectives

Edited by Hakim Adi


An unparalleled study of the black British experience, unearthing its crucial yet largely forgotten role in shaping British history.

For over 1500 years before the Empire Windrush docked on British shores, people of African descent have played a significant and far-ranging role in the country’s history, from the African soldiers on Hadrian’s Wall to the Black British intellectuals who made London a hub of radical, Pan-African ideas. But while there has been a growing interest in this history, there has been little recognition of the sheer breadth and diversity of the Black British experience, until now.

This collection combines the latest work from both established and emerging scholars of Black British history. It spans the centuries from the first Black Britons to the latest African migrants, covering everything from Africans in Tudor England to the movement for reparations, and the never ending struggles against racism in between.

An invaluable resource for both future scholarship and those looking for a useful introduction to Black British history, Black British History: New Perspectives has the potential to transform our understanding of Britain, and of its place in the world.

Author Bio

Hakim Adi is Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at the University of Chichester, and a trustee of the Black Cultural Archive in London. He also has served as an historical advisor to the Museum of London Docklands, and to the Black Cultural Archive’s Young Historians project. His other works include Introduction to Black British History (2018), Pan-Africanism: A Global History (2018), and Pan-Africanism and Communism (2013).

Table of Contents

  • Introduction - Hakim Adi
  • 1. ‘Blackamoores’ Have their Own Names in Early Modern England - Onyeka Nubia
  • 2. Between Colony and Metropole: Empire, Race and Power in Eighteenth-Century Britain - Molly Corlett
  • 3. ‘Race', Rank, and the Politics of Inter-war Commemoration of African and Caribbean Servicemen in Britain - John Siblon
  • 4. ‘You ask for bread, they give you hot lead’: When Caribbean Radicals Protested Conscription for Colonial Subjects - Kesewa John
  • 5. Before Notting Hill: The Causeway Green ‘Riots’ of 1949 - Kevin Searle
  • 6. History Beyond Borders: Teaching Black Britain and Reimagining Black Liberation - Kennetta Perry
  • 7. ‘The Spirit of Bandung’ in 1970s Britain: The Black Liberation Front’s Revolutionary Transnationalism - W. Chris Johnson 
  • 8. The Evolution of Ideas and Practices Amongst African-centred Organisations in the UK 1975-2015 - Claudius Adisa Steven
  • 9. The New Cross Fire 1981 and its Aftermath - Carol Pierre
  • 10. The Long Road of Pan-African Liberation to Reparatory Justice - Esther Stanford-Xosei
  • 11. Quest for a Cohesive Diaspora African Community: Reliving Historic Experiences by Black Zimbabweans in Britain - Christopher Roy Zembe


'A truly ground-breaking collection bringing new and important insights to the history of Black people in Britain. Black British History is a powerful body of work that reimagines the role Blackness in Britain. An indispensable contribution to how we understand Britain.'
Kehinde Andrews, author of Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century


Publication Date: 15 March 2019
240 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781786994264
Hardback: 9781786994257
eBook ePub: 9781786994288
eBook PDF: 9781786994271
eBook Kindle: 9781786994295

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