This vibrant history of London in the twentieth century reveals the city as a key site in the development of black internationalism and anticolonialism. Marc Matera shows the significant contributions of people of African descent to London's rich social and cultural history, masterfully weaving together the stories of many famous historical figures and presenting their quests for personal, professional, and political recognition against the backdrop of a declining British Empire. A groundbreaking work of intellectual history, Black London will appeal to scholars and students in a variety of areas, including postcolonial history, the history of the African diaspora, urban studies, cultural studies, British studies, world history, black studies, and feminist studies.
Publisher: University of California Press
Number of pages: 414
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
"An important book." -- Marika Sherwood JISCMail "A tremendous contribution and very much to be welcomed." Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal "[Matera] successfully argues that these clubs helped to foment in their patrons a transformation from a narrow black nationalism into an inherently more progressive black internationalism." The Times Literary Supplement "[A] towering achievement. Black London is gratifying both for its careful attention to detail and its nuanced analysis of the political and social lives of the black intellectuals who lived in this mid-twentieth-century world... the resulting portrait is glorious." H-Net