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Igniting the Caribbean's Past: Fire in British West Indian History Hardcover – April 12, 2004
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"Provides a missing piece that connects the protest of the independence and post-independence era to the protests of the slavery periods in British West Indies. . . . Provides continuity to the forms of expression chosen by those seemingly without a voice. . . . Very interesting and definitely worth the read. . . . A new way to look at Caribbean history." -- "Latin Americanist"
Clearly written. . . so that even though Igniting the Caribbean's Past is primarily an academic study, it is also potentially of use to interested non-academics.--British Bulletin of Publications on Latin America, the Caribbean, Portugal and Spain
Provides a missing piece that connects the protest of the independence and post-independence era to the protests of the slavery periods in British West Indies. . . . Provides continuity to the forms of expression chosen by those seemingly without a voice. . . . Very interesting and definitely worth the read. . . . A new way to look at Caribbean history.--Latin Americanist
In this interesting, briskly written book, Richardson skillfully places fire--almost all of which is human-caused--within the context of social unrest, and that within the larger context of the islands' chronicle of cataclysm. His positioning of fire practices and catastrophes is both clear and compelling.--Stephen J. Pyne, Arizona State University
A pioneer for the region. [Richardson] tackles a topic that has been explored on a global and continental scale . . . but provides a fresh perspective by putting fire in a smaller and more domesticated setting.--American Historical Review
Informative and enlightening. . . . Richardson's work is a welcome addition to the literature on the environmental history of the Americas.--Caribbean Studies
Richardson writes standing in the Caribbean at the scene of various fires that spoke volumes about the people there who were involved with them in one way or another. His impressive study demonstrates how the principles and methods of historical geography, in their emphasis on the relations between the physical environment and humans, can illuminate social, political, economic, and cultural history, particularly during periods of sustained stress.--David Barry Gaspar, Duke University
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