The Oxford Companion to Black British History (Oxford Quick Reference)

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The first ever reference work to explore the full history of black people in Britain, this Companion is an essential resource for anyone who wants to understand this long and fascinating history from classical times to the present day. It brings together a unique collection of articles--more than 400 entries written by more than 100 specialists--that provide an overview of the black presence in Britain, and the rich and diverse contribution made to British society. The A-Z guide includes entries for landmark figures, key events, concepts (such as Emancipation and Reparations), and historical accounts. Subject areas include medicine, military history, art, music, sports, and education. The Companion includes a detailed timeline that charts key dates for people and events from the 2nd century AD to the present. The guide will be of tremendous interest to those interested in virtually any subject relating to the Black British community, or anyone interested in finding out about the history of expatriated Africans outside the Americas.

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David Dabydeen, critic, writer, and novelist, is a Professor in the Centre for Caribbean Studies at the University of Warwick.
John Gilmore is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Caribbean Studies and the Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick.
Cecily Jones is a member of the Sociology Department of the University of Warwick, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Caribbean Studies there.

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"[A] most useful compendium of our recent knowledge."

--Journal of the Historical Association January 2008

Review from previous edition: "From Haiti, to Kingston, to Harlem, to Tottenham, the story of the African Diaspora is seldom told. This Companion will ensure that the history of Black Britain begins to take its rightful place in mainstream British consciousness."

--David Lammy, MP, Minister for Culture

"This is a magisterial work--bold in conception, brilliant in execution. What is most striking is its importance to African American Studies in that the individuals and movements included in these pages--George Padmore, C. L. R. James, Kwame Nkrumah, Pan-Africanism, etc.--had close and
intimate ties to Black Britain and Black America alike. Quite rightly, this exceedingly insightful work belongs on the shelves of not just scholars and libraries in the field of Black Studies but, as well, all those interested individually or collectively in Britain, Africa and/or North America."

--Gerald Horne, Editor, Encyclopedia of African American History

"A pioneering work that will be valuable to any scholar interested in the Atlantic world. Filled with enlightening histories of previously obscure people of color throughout British history, this eye-opening companion will fascinate and educate students and scholars alike."

--Graham Russell Gao Hodges, Colgate University

"The editors of the new Oxford Companion to Black British History have done us a great service...They have come up with a volume which is gripping, full of extraordinary people, events and insights."

--Joanna Blythman, Sunday Herald (Glasgow - Seven Days) 06/05/2007

"[There are] countless captivating facts in this tour de force of debunking and education...The OCBBH is packed with enough enlightenment and sheer serendipity to make one wish it were twice as long. Anyone who wants to understand what British is all about should buy a copy."

--Margaret Busby, The Independent (Review) 06/04/2007

"An essential reference book and the first of its kind...This is an informative and fascinating read, which every black household should have."

--Pride Magazine 01/04/2007

"A magisterial excavation of black Britain...every student in the country should read it."

--Christina Patterson, The Independent 23/02/2007

"Essential"

--Graham Gendall Norton, History Today 01.09.07

"This volume provides a welcome addition to what is an alarmingly under-resourced area ... accessible and fascinating"

--Publishing News 23/05/08

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