Many Struggles: New Histories of African and Caribbean People in Britain (Paperback)
‘A wonderful showcase of the most exciting work happening in Black British History and a rousing call to action. Essential reading!’--Christienna Fryar, historian of Britain and the Caribbean
‘A forceful revolt against Eurocentric history and imperialist nostalgia, this illuminates the everyday lives and interconnected freedom struggles of generations of Black people in Britain, particularly Black women. An indispensable resource’--W. Chris Johnson, University of Toronto
‘They can destroy our landing cards, but they’ll never erase our history! Packed with lucid, rigorous and groundbreaking new research, this is essential reading’--Kevin Searle, editorial board, History Matters
The history of African and Caribbean people in Britain is centuries long. Although integral to and indivisible from ‘British history.' it is usually treated as a footnote – or forgotten altogether. But with the flourishing of the Black Lives Matter uprisings, and fierce debates around the legacies of colonialism, a renewed hunger for the recovery of this history has come.
Edited by leading historian Hakim Adi, Many Struggles includes contributions from various emerging historians and scholar-activists. Covering the sixteenth to the late twentieth centuries, the book reveals the long history of African and Caribbean people in Britain. Drawing on new archival research, Many Struggles emphasizes often-neglected themes such as local histories, women, gender, and political activism.
Hakim Adi was the first person of African heritage to be appointed a professor of history in Britain and currently teaches at the University of Chichester. He is the author of numerous books, including African and Caribbean People in Britain: A History, West Africans in Britain 1900-1960, and Pan-Africanism: A History. He has made numerous documentary film, television and radio appearances and is included in the book 100 Great Black Britons.
W. Chris Johnson, University of Toronto
'An extensive collection grounded in African and Caribbean historical agency over centuries. Contributors offer nuanced and probing narratives investigating the many issues (freedom and bondage, citizenship, migration, local activism, political Blackness, Black Power) animating Black British histories.'
James Cantres, author of 'Blackening Britain: Caribbean Radicalism from Windrush to Decolonization'
'Unveils outstanding scholarship capturing the nature and dynamics of Black British History. A diverse and inclusive narrative that is not one-dimensional in understanding Black Diaspora community.'
Dr Christopher Roy Zembe, History Department, De Montfort University
'A kaleidoscopic collection that is both a wonderful showcase of the most exciting work happening in Black British History right now and a rousing call to action. Essential reading!'
Christienna Fryar, historian of Britain and the Caribbean
'An important collection that brings together new and established voices of Black History in Britain, spanning early modern to contemporary history, rural and urban Black lives, radical politics and Black feminist organising.'
Dr Rochelle Rowe, Lecturer in Black British History, University of Edinburgh
'They can destroy our landing cards, but they'll never erase our history! Packed with lucid, rigorous and ground-breaking new research, this collection will be essential reading for students and the general reader alike.'
Kevin Searle, editorial board, History Matters
'Essential reading for anyone interested in learning about the lives of African and Caribbean people in Britain. A book that reflects a range of voices who are transforming the study of Britain's Black histories.'
Kennetta Hammond Perry, author of 'London is the Place For Me: Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Race'
'This valuable book enriches our understanding of the contribution of African and Caribbean people across British cities and towns from the 17th century to contemporary times, as well as their transnational connections and commitments to the Caribbean and Africa.'
Dr Ama Biney, lecturer in Black British history, University of Liverpool