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The Contemporary Caribbean: Life, History and Culture Since 1945 (Reaktion Books - Contemporary Worlds)

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When Americans seek an escape from the worries and dilemmas of everyday life, the crystal blue waters and white sands of the Caribbean islands seem like the answer to a prayer. Yet this image of a tourists paradise hides a tumultuous history marked by strife and division over race, political power, and economic inequality. Olwyn Blouet explores the story of “the Caribbean” over the last 50 years, revealing it to be a region positioned at the heart of some the most prominent geopolitical issues of modern times.

            Navigating a rich mélange of cultures and histories, Blouet unearths a complex narrative that is frequently overlooked in histories of the Americas. In stark contrast to widely-read guidebooks, this chronicle unflinchingly probes two strikingly different worlds in the Caribbean islands—those of the haves and the have-nots—created by the volatile mixture of colonial politics, racial segregation, and economic upheaval. The strategic political relations between Caribbean nations, Cuba in particular, and the world powers during the Cold War; the economic transformations instigated by tourism; and the modernizing efforts of Caribbean nations in order to meet the demands of a globalizing twenty-first century market are among the numerous issues explored by Blouet in her efforts to redress the historical records imbalance. The Contemporary Caribbean also explores the proud histories of the region's many nations in sports such as cricket and baseball, as well as their famed cuisines, and the uneasy balance today between local traditions and the vestiges of colonial influence.

 

 

Synopsis:

A comprehensive history of the Caribbean region since 1945, covering developments in culture, economics and politics.

About the Author

Olwyn M. Blouet is professor of history at Virginia State University. She is also the coauthor of Latin America and the Caribbean: A Systematic and Regional Survey.

 

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Introducing the Contemporary Caribbean

 

1. Geographical Setting and Environment

2. History through World War II

3. Caribbean Relations with the United States and the World since World War II

4. Politics since World War II

5. Economies

6. People and Society

7. Culture

8. Problems and Prospects in the Twenty-first Century

 

References

Tables

Selected Further Reading

Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861893130
Author:
Blouet, Olwyn M.
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
Modern - General
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - General
Subject:
Caribbean Area History 1945-
Subject:
World History-Caribbean
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Contemporary Worlds
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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