In this original, important and inspiring book, Robert Winder tells of the remarkable migrations that have founded and defined a nation. This book draws all their stories together in a compelling narrative. Biographical Notes. Robert Winder was literary editor of the INDEPENDENT. “Buying a Stamp? Sorry, We Only Serve Asylum-Seekers.” This headline indicates the kind of prejudice incurred by the latest batch of.
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Join us by creating an account and start getting the best experience from our website! Immigration is one of the most important stories of modern British life, yet it has been happening since Caesar first landed in 53 BC. Ever since the first Roman, Saxon, Jute and Dane leaped off a boat we have been a mongrel nation. Our roots are a tangled web.
From Huguenot weavers fleeing French Catholic persecution in the 18th century to South African dentists to Indian shopkeepers; from Jews in York in the 12th century who had to wear a yellow star to distinguish them and who were shamefully expelled by Edward I in to the Jamaican who came on board the Windrush in The first Indian MP was elected inWalter Tull, the first black football player played for Spurs and Northampton before WW1 and died heroically fighting for the allies in the last months of the war ; in there were 20, black people in London out of a population of- a similar percentage to today.
He has written two novels. In this timely and very readable new work, Walvin focuses not on abolitionism or the brutality and suffering of slavery, but on resistance, the resistance of the enslaved themselves – from sabotage and absconding to full-blown uprisings – and its impact in overthrowing slavery.
He also looks that whole Atlantic world, including the Spanish Empire and Brazil.
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In doing so, he casts new light on one of the major shifts in Western history in the past five centuries. In the three centuries following Columbus’s landfall in the Americas, slavery became a critical institution across swathes of both North and South America. Wibder saw twelve million Africans forced onto slave ships, and had seismic consequences for Africa.
It led wihder the transformation of the Americas and to the material enrichment of the Western world.
It was also largely unquestioned. Yet within a mere seventy-five years during the nineteenth century slavery had vanished from wijder Americas: Slavery itself came in many shapes and sizes. It is perhaps best remembered on the plantations winedr though even those can deceive. Slavery varied enormously from one crop to another- sugar, tobacco, rice, coffee, cotton. And there was in addition bloofy tasks for the enslaved to do, from shipboard and dockside labour, to cattlemen on the frontier, through to domestic labour and child-care duties.
Slavery was, then, both ubiquitous and varied. But if all these millions of diverse, enslaved people had one thing in common it was a universal detestation of their bondage. They wanted an end to it: Most of these enslaved peoples did not live to see freedom.
But an old freed man or woman in, say Cuba or Brazil in the s, had lived through its destruction clean across the Americas.
The collapse of slavery and the triumph of black freedom constitutes an bliody historical upheaval – and this book explains how that happened. This book documents the milestones in that hard won struggle and reflects on women’s impact on politics since. From the birth of our nation to the recent crushing foreiners of the first female presidential nominee for a major party, this book highlights women’s impact on United States politics and government.
It documents the fight for women’s right to vote, drawing on historic research, biographies of leaders, and such original sources as photos, line art, charts, graphs, documents, posters, ads, and buttons.
It presents this often-forgotten struggle in an accessible, conversational, relevant manner for a wide audience. Here are the groundbreaking convention records, speeches, newspaper accounts, letters, photos, and drawings of those who fought for women’s right to vote, arranged to convey the inherent historical drama.
The accessible almanac style allows this entertaining history to speak for itself. It is full of little-known facts. When the Second Continental Congress of the thirteen colonies convened to draft the Declaration of Independence, Abigail Adams admonished her husband, John Adams, to “remember the ladies” write rights for women into the laws for a new system of government! Instead, its robust research documents the intersectionality of women’s struggle for the vote in its true context with other progressive efforts.
The year is The city of Rosewater is chaotic, vibrant and full of life – some of it extra-terrestrial. The charismatic mayor, Jack Jacques, has declared Rosewater a free state, independent to Nigeria. But the city’s alien dome is dying. Government forces await its demise, ready to destroy Rosewater’s independence before it has even begun. And in the city’s quiet suburbs, a woman wakes with no memory of who she is – with memories belonging to something much older and much more alien.
For half a century, statisticians, pundits and politicians have warned that a burgeoning planetary population will soon overwhelm the earth’s resources. But a growing number of experts are sounding a different kind of alarm.
Rather than growing exponentially, they argue, the global population is headed for a steep decline. Throughout history, depopulation was the product of catastrophe: This time, however, we’re thinning ourselves deliberately, by choosing to have fewer babies than we need to replace ourselves.
In much of the developed and developing world, that decline is already underway, as urbanisation, women’s empowerment, and waning religiosity lead to smaller and smaller families. In Empty Planet, Ibbitson and Bricker travel from South Florida to Sao Paulo, Seoul to Nairobi, Brussels to Delhi to Beijing, drawing on a wealth of research and firsthand reporting to illustrate the dramatic consequences of this population decline – and to show us why the rest of the developing world will soon join in.
They find that a smaller global population will bring with it a number of benefits: But enormous disruption lies ahead, too. We can already see the effects in Europe and parts of Asia, as aging populations and worker shortages weaken the economy and impose crippling demands on healthcare and vital social services.
There may be earth-shaking implications on a geopolitical scale as well. Empty Planet is a hugely important book for our times. Captivating and persuasive, it is a story about urbanisation, access to education and the empowerment of women to choose their own destinies.
It is about the secularisation of societies and the vital role that immigration has to play in our futures. Rigorously researched and deeply compelling, Empty Planet offers a vision of a future that we can no longer prevent – but that we can shape, if we choose to.
How easy was it to know what was actually going on, to grasp the essence of National Socialism, to remain untouched by the propaganda or predict the Holocaust? Travellers in the Third Reich is an extraordinary history of the rise of the Nazis based on fascinating first-hand accounts, drawing together a multitude of voices and stories, including students, politicians, musicians, diplomats, schoolchildren, communists, scholars, athletes, poets, journalists, fascists, artists, tourists, even celebrities like Charles Lindbergh and Samuel Beckett.
Their experiences create a remarkable three-dimensional picture of Germany under Hitler – one so palpable that the reader will feel, hear, even breathe the atmosphere. These are the accidental eyewitnesses to history.
Disturbing, absurd, moving, and ranging from the deeply trivial to the deeply tragic, their tales give a fresh insight into the complexities of the Third Reich, its paradoxes and its ultimate destruction. In Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand the war on crime that began in the s and why it was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centres. Forman shows us that the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges and police chiefs took office amid a surge in crime and drug addiction.
Many prominent black officials, including Washington, DC mayor Marion Barry and federal prosecutor Eric Holder, feared that the gains of the civil rights movement were being undermined by lawlessness – and thus embraced tough-on-crime measures, including longer sentences and aggressive police tactics. In the face of skyrocketing murder rates and the proliferation of open-air drug markets, they believed they had no choice. But the policies they adopted would have devastating consequences for residents of poor black neighbourhoods.
A former public defender, Forman tells riveting stories of politicians, community activists, police officers, defendants and crime victims. He writes with compassion about individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas – from the men and women he represented in court to officials struggling to respond to a public safety emergency.
Locking Up Our Own enriches our understanding of why American society became so punitive and offers important lessons to anyone concerned about the future of race and the criminal justice system. They come across a rain-soaked man sitting alone on a bench and ask him if he’s okay. But he doesn’t know. In fact he doesn’t know the answer to any of their questions – not even his own name. Urged on by her daughter Isabel takes the man to the hospital she works at, hoping that will be the end of it.
But when the tests show there’s nothing physically wrong with him, and yet he still can’t remember who he is, she realises she can’t walk away. Isabel made a promise to River that they would help this man, but with no way to identify him Isabel begins to worry about what he past secrets his memory loss might be hiding. Can they trust him?
Everyone should read this book! In the US, President Reagan massively increased defence spending, described the Soviet Union as an ‘evil empire’ and announced his ‘Star Wars’ programme, calling for a shield in space to defend the US from incoming missiles.
Yuri Andropov, the paranoid Soviet leader, saw all this as signs of American aggression and convinced himself that the US really meant to attack the Soviet Union. He put the KGB on alert to look for signs of an imminent nuclear attack. When a Soviet fighter jet shot down Korean Air Lines flight KAL after straying off course over a sensitive Soviet military area, President Reagan described it as a ‘terrorist act’ and ‘a crime against humanity’. The temperature was rising fast.
In this exercise, NATO requested permission to use the codes to launch nuclear weapons. The nervous Soviets convinced themselves this was no exercise but the real thing.
This is an extraordinary and largely unknown Cold War story of spies and double agents, bloovy missiles being readied, of intelligence failures, misunderstandings and the panic of world leaders.
Bloody Foreigners: The Story of Immigration to Britain by Robert Winder
With access to hundreds of extraordinary new documents just released in the US, Taylor Downing is able to tell for the first time the gripping but true story of how near the world came to the brink of nuclear war in The World at the Brink is a real-life thriller. Inthe people of the Near East came together in an epic clash of horses, swords, sand, and blood that would decide the fate of the city of the Aleppo-and the eastern Crusader states.
Fought between tribal Turkish warriors on steppe ponies, Arab foot soldiers, Armenian bowmen, and European knights, the battlefield was the wunder into which the fogeigners of Eurasia poured their full gladiatorial might.
Carrying a piece of the true cross before them, the Frankish army advanced, anticipating a victory that would secure their dominance over the entire region. But the famed Frankish cavalry charge failed them, and the well-arranged battlefield dissolved into a melee.
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Surrounded by enemy forces, the crusaders suffered a colossal defeat. With their advance in Northern Syria stalled, the momentum of the crusader conquest began to evaporate, and would never be recovered. Foreitners is often assumed that the national identity must be a matter of values and ideas.
But in Robert Winder’s brilliantly-written account it is a land built on a lucky set of natural ingredients: Then came the seams of iron and coal that made it an industrial giant. Now, in The Last Wolf, he spins an English tale. Travelling the country, he looks for its hidden springs not in royal pageantry or politics, but in landscape and history.
Medieval monks with their flocks of sheep.