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Paperback 432 pp.
1 map, 2 tables, 156 mm x 234 mm



Publication date:
June 2006

Imprint: OUP UK

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Black Experience and the Empire

Edited by Philip D. Morgan and Sean Hawkins

Series : Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series

This work explores the lives of people of sub-Saharan Africa and their descendants, how they were shaped by empire, and how they in turn influenced the empire in everything from material goods to cultural style. The black experience varied greatly across space and over time. Accordingly, thirteen substantive essays and a scene-setting introduction range from West Africa in the sixteenth century, through the history of the slave trade and slavery down to the 1830s, to nineteenth- and twentieth-century participation of blacks in the empire as workers, soldiers, members of colonial elites, intellectuals, athletes, and musicians. No people were more uprooted and dislocated; or travelled more within the empire; or created more of a trans-imperial culture. In the crucible of the British empire, blacks invented cultural mixes that were precursors to our modern selves - hybrid, fluid, ambiguous, and constantly in motion.

The purpose of the five volumes of the Oxford History of the British Empire was to provide a comprehensive study of the Empire from its beginning to end, the meaning of British imperialism for the ruled as well as the rulers, and the significance of the British Empire as a theme in world history. The volumes in the Companion Series carry forward this purpose by exploring themes that were not possible to cover adequately in the main series, and to provide fresh interpretations of significant topics

Readership : Readers with an interest in the British Empire; students and scholars of the history of the African diaspora.

1. Sean Hawkins and Philip D. Morgan: Blacks and the British Empire: An Introduction
2. David Northrup: West Africans and the Atlantic 1500-1800
3. David Richardson: Through a Looking Glass: Olaudah Equiano and African Experiences in the British Slave Trade
4. Philip D. Morgan: The Black Experience in the British Empire 1680-1810
5. Christopher L. Brown: From Slaves to Subjects: Envisioning an Empire without Slavery 1772-1834
6. Gad Heuman: From Slavery to Freedom: Blacks in the Nineteenth Century British West Indies
7. T. C. McCaskie: Cultural Encounters: Britain and Africa in the Nineteenth Century
8. Vivian Bickford-Smith: The Betrayal of Creole Elites 1880-1920
9. Diana Jeater: The British Empire and African Women in the Twentieth Century
10. Timothy H. Parsons: African Participation in the British Empire
11. Frederick Cooper: African Workers and Imperial Designs
12. Howard Johnson: The Black Experience in the British Caribbean in the Twentieth Century
13. Winston James: The Black Experience in Twentieth Century Britain
14. Kwame Anthony Appiah: Language, Race, and the Legacies of the British Empire

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Philip D. Morgan is at Harry C. Black Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University. Sean Hawkins is at Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto.

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Special Features

  • Wide chronological and geographical range
  • Written by leading historians of the subject
  • Each chapter includes a focused list of further reading