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Cheddi Jagan and the Politics of Power: British Guiana's Struggle for Independence

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Colin Palmer, one of the foremost chroniclers of twentieth-century British and U.S. imperialism in the Caribbean, here tells the story of British Guiana's struggle for independence. At the center of the story is Cheddi Jagan, who was the colony's first premier following the institution of universal adult suffrage in 1953.

Informed by the first use of many British, U.S., and Guyanese archival sources, Palmer's work details Jagan's rise and fall, from his initial electoral victory in the spring of 1953 to the aftermath of the British-orchestrated coup d'etat that led to the suspension of the constitution and the removal of Jagan's independence-minded administration. Jagan's political odyssey continued--he was reelected to the premiership in 1957--but in 1964 he fell out of power again under pressure from Guianese, British, and U.S. officials suspicious of Marxist influences on the People's Progressive Party, founded in 1950 by Jagan and his activist wife, Janet Rosenberg. But Jagan's political life was not over--after decades in the opposition, he became Guyana's president in 1992.

Subtly analyzing the actual role of Marxism in Caribbean anticolonial struggles and bringing the larger story of Caribbean colonialism into view, Palmer examines the often malevolent roles played by leaders at home and abroad and shows how violence, police corruption, political chicanery, racial politics, and poor leadership delayed Guyana's independence until 1966, scarring the body politic in the process.

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Palmer, one of the foremost chroniclers of twentieth-century British and U.S. imperialism in the Caribbean, here tells the story of British Guiana's struggle for independence. The work details of the rise and fall of Cheddi Jagan--from his initial electoral victory in the spring of 1953 to the aftermath of the British-orchestrated coup d'etat that led to the suspension of the constitution and the removal of Jagan's independence-minded administration. Bringing the larger story of Caribbean colonialism into view, this work shows how violence, police corruption, political chicanery, racial politics, and poor leadership delayed Guyana's independence until 1966, scarring the body politic in the process.

About the Author

Colin Palmer is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807834169
Author:
Palmer, Colin A
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Palmer, Colin A.
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
South America
Subject:
Cheddi Jagan; Great Britain; United States; British Guiana; British Imperialism; Caribbean; Caribbean colonialism; independence; Marxism; anti-colonial struggle; racial politics; violence; police corruption; political interference; Cold War
Subject:
Cheddi Jagan
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
United states
Subject:
British Guiana
Subject:
British imperialism
Subject:
Caribbean
Subject:
Caribbean colonialism
Subject:
Independence
Subject:
Marxism
Subject:
anti-colonial struggle
Subject:
racial politics
Subject:
Violence
Subject:
Police corruption
Subject:
political interference
Subject:
Cold war
Subject:
World History-South America
Subject:
V-
Subject:
iolence
Subject:
Un
Subject:
ited States
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 illus., 1 map, 14 tables
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Latin America » Guyana and Surinam
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » South America

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"Synopsis" by , Palmer, one of the foremost chroniclers of twentieth-century British and U.S. imperialism in the Caribbean, here tells the story of British Guiana's struggle for independence. The work details of the rise and fall of Cheddi Jagan--from his initial electoral victory in the spring of 1953 to the aftermath of the British-orchestrated coup d'etat that led to the suspension of the constitution and the removal of Jagan's independence-minded administration. Bringing the larger story of Caribbean colonialism into view, this work shows how violence, police corruption, political chicanery, racial politics, and poor leadership delayed Guyana's independence until 1966, scarring the body politic in the process.
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