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African Europeans: An Untold History (PB) (2023)

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A dazzling history of Africans in Europe, "masterfully" (Smithsonian) revealing their unacknowledged role in shaping the continent

A finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History

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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Author:
Olivette Otele
ISBN 10:
1541619927
Pages:
304
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication Date:
August 29, 2023
Binding:
Paperback