The History of Black People in Britain
By Peter Fryer
(Pluto Press, Paperback, 9780861047499, 656pp.)
Publication Date: January 1984
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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.
Peter Fryer wrote Rhythms of Resistance: African Musical Heritage in Brazil and Black People in the British Empire. He died in 2006, shortly after being awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic by the Hungarian president for his reporting of the Hungarian revolution in 1956.
'This book is 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 '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