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ISBN-10: 1541619676
ISBN-13: 9781541619678
Publisher: Basic Books
Publish Date: 05/04/2021
Dimensions: 9.20" L, 6.00" W, 1.20" H

African Europeans: An Untold History

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A dazzling history of Africans in Europe, revealing their unacknowledged role in shaping the continent

One of the Best History Books of 2021 — Smithsonian

Conventional wisdom holds that Africans are only a recent presence in Europe. But in African Europeans, renowned historian Olivette Otele debunks this and uncovers a long history of Europeans of African descent. From the third century, when the Egyptian Saint Maurice became the leader of a Roman legion, all the way up to the present, Otele explores encounters between those defined as “Africans” and those called “Europeans.” She gives equal attention to the most prominent figures–like Alessandro de Medici, the first duke of Florence thought to have been born to a free African woman in a Roman village–and the untold stories–like the lives of dual-heritage families in Europe’s coastal trading towns. African Europeans is a landmark celebration of this integral, vibrantly complex slice of European history, and will redefine the field for years to come.

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"Magisterial....A story of violence and exclusion but also extraordinary destinies and achievements. Particularly admirable is Otele's command of the subtleties of identity formation and change over time, as well as her marvellous cast of women characters, such as Jeanne Duval, Baudelaire's muse and lover."–Sudhir Hazareesingh, The Guardian, The Best Books of 2020
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ISBN-10: 1541619676
ISBN-13: 9781541619678
Publisher: Basic Books
Publish Date: 05/04/2021
Dimensions: 9.20" L, 6.00" W, 1.20" H
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