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Contemporary Caribbean: History, Life and Culture Since 1945

Contemporary Caribbean: History, Life and Culture Since 1945

by Olwyn M. Blouet
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Encompassing the coastlines that surround the Caribbean Sea as well as some 7,000 islands, islets and reefs, and gifted with a great variety of regional culture, language, cuisine and architecture, 'the Caribbean' defies easy analysis. In The Contemporary Caribbean Olwyn M. Blouet meets the challenge, providing an authoritative overview of this exuberant yet troubled part of the world in the period since the end of World War Two.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901861893139
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 02/15/2007
Series: Reaktion Books - Contemporary Worlds
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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

Preface     7
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
Economies     82
People and Society     99
Culture     112
Problems and Prospects in the Twenty-first Century     130
References     137
Tables     142
Selected further Reading     146
Acknowledgements     151
Copyright Acknowledgements     153
Index     154

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