Race is a real and powerful force and one he has spent his adult life trying to understand, says Anglo-Nigerian historian, writer and producer, David Olusoga. He talks us through five books on the tragedy of slavery—from the horrors of the gulag, to the plantations of Virginia, to the Islamic slave trade.
Racism is not innate but emerges under special conditions, says the King's College professor and author of the sweeping history Racisms: From the Crusades to the Twentieth Century. He chooses five books that inspired him.
by Bernard Bailyn
Empires of the Atlantic World
by JH Elliott
Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
by David Eltis and David Richardson
The British Atlantic World, 1500-1800
by David Armitage and Michael J Braddick (editors)
Soundings in Atlantic History
by Bernard Bailyn (editor)