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Sudhir Hazareesingh, GCSK[1]
Sudhir Hazareesingh Forum France Culture Histoire 2017.jpg
Sudhir Hazareesingh, Forum France Culture Histoire, 2017.
Born (1961-10-18) 18 October 1961 (age 60)
Notable workBlack Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture

Sudhir Hazareesingh FBA (18 October 1961) is a British-Mauritian historian. He has been a fellow and Tutor in Politics at Balliol College, Oxford since 1990. Most of his work relates to modern political history from 1850; including the history of contemporary France as well as Napoleon, the Republic and Charles de Gaulle.[2]


Hazareesingh is the son of Kissoonsing Hazareesingh, a Cambridge- and Sorbonne-educated historian in his own right, who was a notable figure in Mauritian public life as a Mauritius Times writer and Principal Private Secretary to Seewoosagur Ramgoolam.[3]

Hazareesingh's book Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in September 2020.[4] It was shortlisted for the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize.[5] Described in The Guardian as "a tour de force: by far the most complete, authoritative and persuasive biography of Toussaint that we are likely to have for a long time",[6] Black Spartacus was BBC Radio 4's "Book of the Week" from 16 November 2020, read by Adrian Lester.[7] It won the 2021 Wolfson History Prize[8] and was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for biography.[9]


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  1. ^ "Décorés de la République : Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun élevée au rang de GCSK". Defimedia. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Sudhir Hazareesingh". Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  3. ^ Sudhir Hazareesingh (25 June 2015). How the French Think: An Affectionate Portrait of an Intellectual People. Penguin Books Limited. pp. 11–. ISBN 978-0-14-197480-4.
  4. ^ "Book Marks reviews of Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture by Sudhir Hazareesingh". Book Marks. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  5. ^ "The Baillie Gifford Prize 2020 shortlist announced". The Baillie Gifford Prize.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Bell, David A. (28 August 2020). "Black Spartacus by Sudhir Hazareesingh review – the epic life of Toussaint Louverture". The Guardian.
  7. ^ "Black Spartacus by Sudhir Hazareesingh". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  8. ^ "The Wolfson History Prize". Retrieved 9 June 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "James Tait Black Prizes shortlists have been announced | The Bookseller". Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  10. ^ "Sudhir Hazareesingh". Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  11. ^ "Décorés de la République : Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun élevée au rang de GCSK". Defimedia. Retrieved 12 March 2020.