"The past haunts the present in all areas of our national conversation," observes British-Nigerian David Olusoga, one of the UK’s most influential, engaging and accessible historians. Olusoga is the author of the acclaimed The Kaiser’s Holocaust – an examination of the genocide in German South West Africa in the early years of the 20th Century – and The World’s War which examines the impact of World War One outside Europe.  

As well as a writer Olusoga is a BAFTA award-winning BBC presenter, most recently seen on our screens in A House Through Time (which featured a memorable episode about 5 Ravensworth Terrace in Newcastle) and Civilisations. His most recent literary work Black and British is a comprehensive and judicious history of black Britain and the deserving winner of the 2017 PEN Hessell-Tiltman prize. In Black and British Olusoga challenges the narrow vision of Britain’s history showing that there was a strong black presence in the country from Roman times and pulling together the threads of the nation’s forgotten past and its contested present and asks how history can help answer the questions facing us in the near future.

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