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Reimaging Britain

Reimaging Britain

500 Years of Black and Asian History

Ron Ramdin




These are the hidden histories of Black and Asian communities in Britain

A full understanding of Black and Asian history within the British context is integral to achieving a truly multicultural Britain. In this landmark book, Ron Ramdin offer the first complete history of both the Black and Asian experience in Britain

Blacks and Asians have a long history in the British Isles. Ramdin illustrates this by covering a 500-year period, from 1500 to the present day. He recounts the major historical episodes and covers all the major figures, including Ottobah Cugoano, William Cuffay, William Davidson, George Padmore, Mary Seacole, C.L.R. James, V.S. Naipaul, Sam Selvon, Walter Tull, Shirley Bassey, Bill Morris, Salman Rushdie, Hanif Kureshi and Bernie Grant.

In bringing the largely hidden histories of these immigrant communities to the fore, Ron Ramdin's wide-ranging study challenges conventional histories of the British Isles. ing Britain will lead to a reappraisal of how 'British' history is written in the future.

Ron Ramdin is a historian, biographer and novelist. His previous books include Paul Robeson: The Man and His Mission, The Other Middle Passage and The Making of the Black Working Class in Britain.

'A thorough history. It recounts the major historical episodes, and includes material on all the main figures, from Olaudah Equiano to Salman Rushdie' - Commission for Racial Equality

'Very interesting. It enabled me to gain further insight into the difficulties black and Asian people experienced in this country and their own country of origin over a 500-year period' - RACE: Multi-Cultural Journal

Part One. The 'Blackamoores' Presence (1500-1900)
1. Africans and Asians in the British Isles (1500-1833)
2. Africans and Asians After Emancipation (1833-1900)
Part Two: Britain and Empire (1900-60)
3. Racism, Empire and Labour
4. Afro-Asian Challenges (Pre-1962)
Part Three. The Empire Within (1956-98)
5. The Migrant Workers' Story
6. Migrants in Transition and Authoritarianism (1960-89)
7. Migrant Communities. Leaders and Groupings (1960-89)
8. Towards the Millennium. Ethnic Minorities in the Nineties
Published by Pluto Press in Sep 1999
Paperback ISBN: 9780745315997

396 pages

135mm x 215mm