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AFRICAN EUROPEANS

An untold History

Longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing, one of the most prestigious for non-fiction in the  UK.

Interviewed by Coumba Kane for Le Monde, 20-21 Dec. 2020


AFRICAN EUROPEANS
Genre:

History

Author:

Olivette Otele

Publisher:

Hurst

Language:

English

Rights available:

Russian, Spanish

Rights sold: French, Italian, German, Portuguese

AUTHOR BIO:

Olivette Otele is Professor of the History of Slavery at the University of Bristol and Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society. She is an expert on the history of people of African descent and the links between memory, geopolitics and legacies of French and British colonialism.

Pages:

288

Publication:

DESCRIPTION:

As early as the third century, St Maurice—an Egyptian—became leader of the legendary Roman Theban Legion. Ever since, there have been richly varied encounters between those defined as ‘Africans’ and those called ‘Europeans’. Yet Africans and African Europeans are still widely believed to be only a recent presence in Europe. Olivette Otele traces a long African European heritage through the lives of individuals both ordinary and extraordinary. She uncovers a forgotten past, from Emperor Septimius Severus, to enslaved Africans living in Europe during the Renaissance, and all the way to present-day migrants moving to Europe’s cities. By exploring a history that has been long overlooked, she sheds light on questions very much alive today—on racism, identity, citizenship, power and resilience. African Europeans is a landmark account of a crucial thread in Europe’s complex history.

REVIEWS:

‘Rich in storytelling, discovery, question-making and a way forward, African Europeans covers no old ground. This is new—and European history itself is not complete without this book.’                                  — Bonnie Greer, playwright, novelist and broadcaster ‘This is a book I have been waiting for my whole life. It goes beyond the numerous individual black people in Europe over millennia, to show us the history of the very ideas of blackness, community and identity on the continent that has forgotten its own past. A necessary and exciting read.’             &nb...

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