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A Concise History of the Caribbean presents a general history of the Caribbean islands from the beginning of human settlement about seven thousand years ago to the present. It narrates processes of early human migration, the disastrous consequences of European colonization, the development of slavery and the slave trade, the extraordinary profits earned by the plantation economy, the great revolution in Haiti, movements toward political independence, the Cuban Revolution, and the diaspora of Caribbean people. Written in a lively and accessible style yet current with the most recent research, the book provides a compelling narrative of Caribbean history essential for students and visitors.

About the Author

B. W. Higman is the William Keith Hancock Professor of History at the Australian National University. He is the author of ten books on Caribbean history, archaeology and geography, including Slave Population and Economy in Jamaica, 1807-1834 (1976, Cambridge University Press, awarded the Bancroft Prize), Plantation Jamaica 1750-1850: Capital and Control in a Colonial Economy (2005) and Jamaican Food: History, Biology, Culture (2008). Higman is Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, Jamaica.

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1. A history of islands; 2. Ancient archipelago, 7200 BC-AD 1492; 3. Columbian cataclysm, 1492-1630; 4. Plantation peoples, 1630-1770; 5. Rebels and revolutionaries, 1770-1870; 6. Democrats and dictators, 1870-1945; 7. The Caribbean since 1945; 8. Canoe, caravel, container ship.

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Higman, B. W.
Cambridge University Press
New York
World History-Caribbean
Caribbean & West Indies
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Cambridge Concise Histories
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