First published in 1982, this study attempts to put contemporary Caribbean development into historical perspective. By first constructing a Marxist framework for the study of development , Jay Mandle assesses the reasons why the region emerged underdeveloped and evaluates post-world-war two efforts to overcome the legacy of poverty through a strategy of "industrialization through invitation." Identifying the reasons why a Marxist framework yielded results which were unsatisfactory, the author then explores the requirements which must be met for a more reliable study of the Caribbean’s economic development. Case studies of Cuba, Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago examine the extent to which these requirements have been met.
1. Introduction 2. Marxism and Economic Development 3. Economic Development and Human Welfare 4. The Plantation mode of Production and Development 5. Dependent Development in the Caribbean 6. Alternatives to Dependency 7. Agrarian Reform in Cuba 8. The Strike of Capital in Jamaica 9. The Post-Colonial Mode of Production in Guyana 10. Petro-Development in Trinidad and Tobago 11. Conclusion