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
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