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A Theory of Black European History

Lawrence Ogbogu Ugwuanyi

In several parts of the world, the idea of black or black race engineers doubt, pessimism, contempt and disbelief. The black race is understood as one incapable of promoting a positive course of mankind as a result of which many black nations of the world fall into the group of developing countries, also known as third world countries. This negative framework for perceiving the black race has adversely affected the course of history and poses a clear danger on black European history.The first is to identify with the idea of history as a universal achievement of reason and culture and hence endorse Hegel’s In an emergent world of black European history, two basic options stand in the path of black European linear notion of history as the growth of reason with its highest revelation in Europe; which by implication undermines the quality of black culture and reason.

The second is to limit the strength and quality of European history and civilization and emphasize the vital place of other civilizations in world history.
The second option appears plausible but poses an immense intellectual challenge for the black European. Can he/she endorse an idea of the world that reverses the centre? Can he/she recognize a world history that moves the centre of the world and emphasizes the merits or equality of human civilizations? What of the idea of the universal that has shaped his/her world-view all these while and provided a mental spectacle for the European idea of the other?
This is the focus of this paper. It seeks to define and determine the path of black European history at the moment. To do this, it looks the desires of history for the black race and attempts to place the black European history within the global desires of pan-blackism.It argues that black European history must revolve around relevant themes that integrates the black European within the larger world of the black race. The paper seeks to address three questions:

  1. What should serve for great themes of black European history at the moment?

  2. How should these themes be addressed for a history that re-engineers hope for the black race?

  3. What are the methodologies that should be employed for this study?

The paper submits that history for the black European should serve a mediatory role in a world polarized by colour and culture between the blacks and the whites and by so doing give him/her a double identity as of a dual race: black therefore underdeveloped with historical origins with the third world and white, therefore developed with cultural affiliation with the first world. In this sense black European history serves for an important intellectual middleman the world is waiting for: one that re-instates the black race by unearthing the historical roots of some of the items that serve to undermine the quality of black culture and civilization and one that does not interpret European culture and civilization as just the opposite of black civilization and culture. To do this, black European history must align itself with black African history given the widely accepted belief that all blacks are linked to black Africa by way of origins or similar reasons.

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