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Main Currents in Caribbean Thought: The Historical Evolution of Caribbean Society in its Ideological Aspects, 1492-1900 (Johns Hopkins Studies in Atlantic History and Culture) Hardcover – April 1, 1983


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Main Currents belongs to the exclusive must-read list on the Caribbean and should be part of any advanced-level course.”—Itinerario
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“Lewis’s book is an excellent contribution to Caribbean historiography.”—American Historical Review
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“An ambitious, comprehensive, and highly interpretive social history of ideas.”—Hispanic American Historical Review
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Main Currents in Caribbean Thought probes deeply into the multicultural origins of Caribbean society, defining and tracing the evolution of the distinctive ideology that has arisen from the region’s unique historical mixture of peoples and beliefs. Among the topics that noted scholar Gordon K. Lewis covers are the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century beginnings of Caribbean thought, pro- and antislavery ideologies, the growth of Antillean nationalist and anticolonialist thought during the nineteenth century, and the development of the region’s characteristic secret religious cults from imported religions and European thought.

Since its original publication in 1983, Main Currents in Caribbean Thought has remained one of the most ambitious works to date by a leader in modern Caribbean scholarship. By looking into the "Caribbean mind," Lewis shows how European, African, and Asian ideas became creolized and Americanized, creating an entirely new ideology that continues to shape Caribbean thought and society today. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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