"This is a unique and important book. It is unique not only because there is no other study of this subject but also because the case of Belize is itself unique. Belize has been claimed by its neighbor, Guatemala, since the nineteenth century and this persistent threat, revived in the 1940s, resulted in the independence of the British colony being delayed until 1981, long after most British colonies in the Caribbean and elsewhere had achieved sovereignty. The author writes clearly, without academic or legalistic jargon, so his work is accessible to an educated but non-specialist readership." - O. Nigel Bolland, Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology and Caribbean Studies, Emeritus, Colgate University
This book provides an account of Belize's struggle for independence in the face of Guatemala's territorial claim, written by a key player in the independence struggle.
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Assad Shoman (Ph.D., University of London) has been involved since the 1970s in the diplomatic struggle of Belize for its independence and in finding a definitive resolution to Guatemalan’s territorial claim on Belize. He has represented his country as ambassador in Europe and Latin America, and held the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs. A lawyer by profession, he is the author of 13 Chapters of a History of Belize, the recognized history textbook in Belize, and of several works on the political and social life of the country. He currently lives in Habana, Cuba and works as a freelance writer.
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