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1st Edition

The Caribbean History Reader

Edited By

Nicola Foote

ISBN 9780415800235
Published December 17, 2012 by Routledge
448 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Caribbean is a region that has been at the heart of world history and global development for centuries. Despite its small geographic size, it is the lynchpin of the Atlantic economy. Further, through a series of migrations, Caribbean people are represented in most of the major cities of the West, and have impacted the histories of Britain, Canada, and the United States, as well as places throughout Europe and Latin America.

The Caribbean History Reader provides a thorough and up-to-date overview of Caribbean history from the pre-Columbian era to the present. It brings together a range of classic and innovative articles and primary sources, to create an introduction to Caribbean political, economic, social and cultural currents, providing an important first reference point to scholars and students alike.

Table of Contents



Chapter One: Pre-Colombian Societies

Chapter Two: First Encounters

Chapter Three: Trade, Piracy and War

Chapter Four: Sugar, the Plantation Revolution and the Development of the Slave Economy

Chapter Five: Slave Society

Chapter Six: Slave Resistance

Chapter Seven: The Haitian Revolution

Chapter Eight: Abolition and Emancipation

Chapter Nine: Post-Emancipation Society and Economy

Chapter Ten: Indentured Labour and Nineteenth Century Immigration

Chapter Eleven: U.S. Interventions and Influences in the Early Twentieth Century

Chapter Twelve: The Africanization of the Caribbean

Chapter Thirteen: War, Labor and Urban Protest

Chapter Fourteen: Dictatorship and Political Repression – Trujillo and Duvalier

Chapter Fifteen: Decolonization in the Anglophone Caribbean and Suriname

Chapter Sixteen: Politics and Society in the Non-Independent Caribbean

Chapter Seventeen: The Revolutionary Caribbean – Cuba and Grenada

Chapter Eighteen: Economic Diversification and Development

Chapter Nineteen: Race, Identity and Politics in the Twentieth Century

Chapter Twenty: Migration and Diaspora

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Nicola Foote is Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is the co-editor of Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America.


"An extraordinary tool for teaching the Caribbean from pre-1492 to the present! Historian Nicola Foote expertly combines concise introductions, written and visual sources, and pioneering analyses by leading scholars to present the key themes of Caribbean history, with a special emphasis on encounters, migration, labor, and politics. This volume will enable readers and students to discover the astonishing diversity and resourcefulness of the Caribbean people over several centuries."

Aline Helg, author of Our Rightful Share: The Afro-Cuban Struggle for Equality, 1886-1912 and Liberty and Equality in Caribbean Colombia, 1770-1835