- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 11, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0132208601
- ISBN-13: 978-0132208604
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9.1 inches
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- Honorable Mr. Justice Selwyn Romilly, Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada.
From the Author
In Caribbean History: From Pre-colonial Origins to the Present I have attempted to overhaul, as it were, the approach to a survey of Caribbean history. I have tried to reframe the way in which some at least of the subject is viewed and presented. I have tried to manage the delicate balancing act of a readable undergraduate narrative which nevertheless avoids the temptation of degenerating into a series of bland sound bites, some accurate, some not. I have tried to present a greater depth of information than is often the case in surveys. There is a modest sprinkling of new information here that has not appeared elsewhere, whether in monographs or in other surveys. There is also a fair amount of "virtually" new material, that is, material gleaned from a new look at old sources that have been around, sometimes for hundreds of years, but which have not been reexamined in depth for a long time. I have also benefitted, as all survey text writers must, from very recent scholarship. I brought to the writing of this book three and a half decades of teaching this course, mostly at the undergraduate level, and a lingering dissatisfaction with available survey texts.
Among the many topics covered in this book and new or practically new to survey texts the following may be mentioned - Arawak resistance to the Spanish conquerors; a full airing of the debate over the alleged "Black Legend" whereby Bartolomé de Las Casas accused the early Spaniards of genocide; pre-Columbian voyages to the Americas from Europe, China, North and West Africa; immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries (the longest chapter in the book, and a subject entirely or almost entirely absent from some other texts); the 1595 arrival of Trinidad's first East Indian immigrant; the rapid intellectual advance of the formerly enslaved in the 19th century, despite a concerted effort to frustrate their progress; post-Emancipation uprisings and disturbances such as the Angel Gabriel riots in British Guiana and the Contract Day riots of St. Croix; Caribbean-African interaction in the 19th century; African American-Caribbean interaction up to the early 20th century; the 1912 racial massacre in Cuba; competing Indian and African nationalisms; cultural survivals among the enslaved Africans; entrepreneurship among the enslaved. The vast incidence of rebellions by the enslaved and the Maroon proto-states in places like St.Vincent, Suriname and Dominica are significantly addressed. The narrative addresses such 2011 topics as the London riots of 2011 (of relevance to Caribbean emigrant communities) and the collapse of the Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO), Trinidad and the Caribbean's mega-conglomerate.