Staying Power

Staying Power : The History of Black People in Britain

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Staying Power is recognised as the definitive history of black people in Britain, an epic story that begins with the Roman conquest and continues to this day.

In a comprehensive account, Peter Fryer reveals how Africans, Asians and their descendants, previously hidden from history, have profoundly influenced and shaped events in Britain over the course of the last two thousand years.

This edition includes a foreword by Paul Gilroy explaining the genesis of the book and its continuing significance in black history today.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 648 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 53.34mm | 907.18g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • 0745330738
  • 9780745330730

Table of contents

Introduction by Paul Gilroy

1. 'Those kind of people'

2. Necessary Implements

3. Britain's Slave Ports

4. The Black Community Takes Shape

5. Eighteenth Century Voices

6. Slavery & the Law

7. The Rise of English Racism

8. Up from Slavery

9. Challenges to Empire

10. Under Attack

11. The Settlers

12. The New Generation
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Review quote

'Rare in its mastery of the constant historical contradiction: range and at the same time event. Two thousand years is a long time; Fryer never loses his grip in time or place' -- CLR James 'A fascinating account of the growth of the black community in Britain over the past centuries' -- Guardian 'For this retrieval of the lost histories of black Britain Mr Fryer has my deep gratitude. An invaluable book, which manages the rare feat of combining scholarship with readability' -- Salman Rushdie
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About Peter Fryer

Peter Fryer (1927-2006) was a jazz-playing Marxist author and activist. He was expelled from the Communist Party in 1956 for rejecting Stalinism, and later fought the imperial mendacity of whitewashed British history, authoring the now-classic Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain (Pluto, 2018).
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