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The Caribbean: A Brief History


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Preface 1. The Amerindians and European Patterns of Settlement 2. Sugar and Slavery 3. Slavery, Work and the Slaves' Economy 4. Neither Black Nor White 5. The World the Planters Made 6. Slave Resistance: Africans, Maroons and Women 7. The Haitian Revolution 8. The Abolition Debates 9. Race, Racism and Equality 10. From Slavery to Freedom 11. Riots and Resistance in the Aftermath of Emancipation 12. The Africanization of the Caribbean 13. The American Century 14. Labour Protests and the 1930s 15. The Revolutionary Caribbean 16. Contemporary Themes 17. The Cultures of the Caribbean Suggestions for Further Reading Bibliography Index

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An updated edition of this survey of Caribbean history from its early settlement to the present day, ideal for students new to the subject.

About the Author

Gad Heuman is Professor Emeritus in the History Department and is a past Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies at the University of Warwick, UK.


Heuman's The Caribbean offers a clear, concise, and readable introduction to the history of the region. The book engages in broad historical synthesis illustrated with specific relevant examples. It provides a brief overview of political and economic context while delving more deeply into the social history of the Caribbean. * Marc McLeod, Associate Professor of History, Seattle University, USA *
In this timely revision of his excellent introduction to the study of Caribbean history, Gad Heuman builds on the qualities that made the first two editions so accessible to general readers and valuable in the classroom. Coherent narrative and succinct analyses remain hallmark characteristics as the author pushes the Caribbean story to the present, while drawing on exciting new scholarship to refine our understanding of the region's past. The Caribbean: A Brief History is designed to succeed with students like mine, and should be required reading for relevant courses. * Roderick A. McDonald, Professor of History, Rider University, USA *
In this thoroughly updated new edition of a popular text, the leading Caribbean historian, Gad Heuman, provides a lively and authoritative guide to the fascinating, complex and world-significant history of the Caribbean from 1492 to the present. * Trevor Burnard, Professor of American History and Head of School in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, Australia *

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