UNDER THE IMPERIAL CARPET Essays in Black History 1780-1950Product no.: RD001
Edited by Rainer Lotz and Ian Pegg
[Extract from the Preface]
The history of [Black people] in Britain has been a subject of research by many scholars and historians. In recent years it has received some institutional support and academic recognition. The current volume adds to this growing literature which extends our knowledge of a subject much neglected by the mainstream historians. Further research is essential to enable us to build a clearer map of this long history of contact and settlement of the Black community in this country.
As a complement to the history of [Black people], some historians have been engaged in research on the official policies of the British Government concerning the issues of immigration and settlement of [Black people] in Britain, particularly related to the twentieth century. Under the Imperial Carpet is not a history of the communities as such but explores the concerns of the lives of Black people as individuals, families and professional groups like musicians and students. It therefore sketches a rich texture of the lives of individual Black people. This examination of the many pieces of mosaic under the Imperial carpet provides us with information of tensions, resistances and contributions of sections of the Black community. It is therefore a useful barometer of the dynamism of the oppressed Black community for about 180 years.
[Published by Rabbit Press in 1986, first edition. Unused, excellent condition]