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The predicament of history
Bill Schwarz

which historians are usually most reluctant to confront: the idea that in recovering these traditions of West Indian thought we ourselves, in Britain, might be able to think more creatively about our own historical situation. Or in other words, the overriding reason may be an intellectual one, drawing into question our own analytical procedures. In the middle decades of the twentieth century mass

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
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Crossing the seas
Bill Schwarz

need to take into account the collective experiences of early, mass emigration, from 1948 and through the following decade. The consequences of this experience of emigration were not confined to formally accredited intellectuals, to the poets and novelists alone. Decoding British culture came to be the necessary pastime of all who journeyed across the seas. The extent of the great postwar migration

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain