Public Secrets: Race and colour in colonial and independent Jamaica

Prof Henrice Altink, Department of History, University of York @HenriceAltink   It was on my first visit to Jamaica as a PhD student in the 1990s that I noticed the importance of race and colour in Jamaican society. When I went to the bank to cash some travellers’ cheques, I noticed that the doorman … Continued

Rethinking Learie Constantine

Jeffrey Hill is an emeritus professor of historical and cultural studies at De Montfort University. He has written on various aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century popular culture, with a special emphasis in recent years on the study of sport and its ideological influences.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he discusses the need to tell the story of cricketing hero Learie Constantine with a new focus on race, Empire and the Commonwealth. ‘Learie Constantine and Race Relations in Britain and the Empire’ was published by Bloomsbury in December 2018.

On White Fury

Christer Petley is Professor in History at the University of Southampton. His work focuses on the histories and legacies of slavery in the Americas, in particular slave societies and colonial settlers in the British Caribbean.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he reflects on his new book ‘White Fury: A Jamaican Slaveholder and the Age of Revolution’, which was published by Oxford University Press in October 2018.

Divided Kingdom

Pat Thane is Research Professor in Contemporary British History at King’s College London and the Honorary President of the Social History Society. She is a leading authority on the political, social and welfare history of modern Britain. Amongst her many publications are ‘The Foundations of the Welfare State’ (Longman, 1996) and ‘Old Age in English History: Past Experiences, Present Issues’ (Oxford University Press, 2000).

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she reflects on how she came to settle on the key themes for her new survey of twentieth-century Britain’s social and political history ‘Divided Kingdom: A History of Britain, 1900 to the Present’, published by Cambridge University Press in August 2018.