Contemporary Caribbean: History, Life and Culture Since 1945 available in Paperback
Reviewing the culture, demography, history, politics, economies and international relations of the region, she details both the enormous changes that have taken place in recent times and the difficulties the region now faces. From the rivalries of the European colonial powers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to the impact of the Cold War struggle between the us and the Soviet Union, conflict has been endemic. Because of its widespread nature and the strategic concerns of the us, the Caribbean faces problems in developing a sense of unity and independence. It must also modernize, adjust to globalization and provide education and work for its people - for while tourists flock to the region, drawn by its perceived idyllic nature, there are marked divisions between the rich and the poor, and many locals still seek to emigrate.
The Contemporary Caribbean also explores the nations' proud histories in sports such as cricket and baseball, their famed cuisines, and the uneasy balance held today between local traditions and the vestiges of colonial influence. A richly informative and comprehensive survey, this book will appeal to a wide general audience, including students and interested travellers.
About the Author:
Olwyn M. Blouet isProfessor of History at Virginia State University
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
Introducing the Contemporary Caribbean 8
Geographical Setting and Environment 15
History to 1945 27
Caribbean Foreign Relations since 1945 49
Politics since World War II 64
People and Society 99
Problems and Prospects in the Twenty-first Century 130
Selected further Reading 146
Copyright Acknowledgements 153