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African Europeans

An Untold History

by Olivette Otele

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African Europeans by Olivette Otele
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    May 2021, 304 pages

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The obscure history of African Europeans and the evolving perceptions about dual heritage peoples over the centuries come to vivid life in this bracing and fascinating new study.

The nexus of Africans and Europeans is not a recent historical development. Rather, the peoples of Africa and Europe have a long and complex history that — for many centuries, at least — transcended modern notions of race through artistic, intellectual and social interactions.

There is evidence of cultural and social intermingling and appreciation between Africans and Europeans from antiquity to the onset of the transatlantic slave trade that stands in stark contrast to our contemporary perceptions. Olivette Otele, professor of history and memory of enslavement at the University of Bristol, corrects this historical oversight in her vital new study, African Europeans: An Untold History, as she provides "multiple histories as a starting point to learn about the past and to dismantle racial oppression in the present."

The multiple individual histories she brings to the ...

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