A Brief History of the Caribbean: From the Arawak and Carib to the Present

A Brief History of the Caribbean: From the Arawak and Carib to the Present

by Jan Rogonzinski
     
 

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This comprehensive volume takes the reader and student through more than five hundred years of Caribbean history, beginning with Columbus's arrival in the Bahamas in 1492. A Brief History of the Caribbean traces the people and events that have marked this constantly shifting region, encompassing everything from economic booms and busts to epidemics, wars,

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This comprehensive volume takes the reader and student through more than five hundred years of Caribbean history, beginning with Columbus's arrival in the Bahamas in 1492. A Brief History of the Caribbean traces the people and events that have marked this constantly shifting region, encompassing everything from economic booms and busts to epidemics, wars, and revolutions, and bringing to life such important figures as Sir Francis Drake, Blackbeard, Toussaint Louverture, Fidel Castro, the Duvaliers, and Jean-Bertrand Aristide. This superbly written history, revised and updated, with new chapters that reflect the islands' most recent social, economic, and political developments, is a work of impeccable scholarship. Featuring maps, charts, tables, and photographs, it remains the ideal guide to the region and its people.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Offered as a brief history of a diverse and intriguing region, this work is a veritable sourcebook of information about the Caribbean, ranging from the climate to vegetation to colonial history to politics. The book, in five parts, covers Spanish rule, the northern European influence, the sugar empire, independence, and post-World War I development. Textual clarity, access to straightforward tables covering primarily demographic information, and various statistics will prove useful to the reader looking for a ready reference source. The author delivers on his claim to provide analysis as well as description, and the general reader will find many interesting interpretations and much data. Highly recommended for all libraries.-- Roderic A. Camp, Latin American Ctr., Tulane Univ., New Orleans, La.
Booknews
Provides a descriptive and analytical history of the Caribbean islands focusing on the interrelated evolution of the economy, political institutions, and social forms from the landing of Columbus in the Bahamas 500 years ago to the present. Includes over 40 b&w photographs and 24 maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452281936
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
758,252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.89(d)

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