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Black People in the British Empire

Black People in the British Empire

Peter Fryer

The follow-up to Peter Fryer's modern classic, Staying Power

Black People in the British Empire is a challenge to the official version of British history. It tells the story of Britain's exploitation and oppression of its subject peoples in its colonies, and in particular the people of Africa, Asia and Australasia

Peter Fryer reveals how the ideology of racism was used as justification for acquiring and expanding the Empire; how the British Industrial Revolution developed out of profits from the slave trade; and how the colonies were deliberately de-industrialised to create a market for British manufacturers.

In describing the frequency and the scale of revolts by subject peoples against slavery and foreign domination - and the brutality used in crushing them - Peter Fryer exposes the true history of colonialism, and restores to Black people their central role in Britain's past.

Peter Fryer (1927-2006) was a British writer and journalist, whose coverage of the arrival of citizens from the Caribbean onboard the HMT Empire Windrush led to a deep and long-lasting interest in the histories of Black Britons. In 1984, he wrote the classic book Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain (Pluto, 2018).

'Fantastic… the most important book on Black British history’� - Akala

Part 1: How Britain Became 'Great Britain'
Britain & Its Empire
The Triangular Trade
The Caribbean from 1834
Territories of White Settlement
Profits of Empire
How Black People were Ruled
The Empire & the British Working Class
Part 2: Racism
The Concept of Race
Racism and Slavery
Racism and Empire
The Reproduction of Racism
The Struggle Against Slavery
The Caribbean after Emancipation
Published by Pluto Press in Jun 2021
Paperback ISBN: 9780745343693
eBook ISBN: 9780745343716

224 pages

135mm x 215mm