Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

A Concise History of the Caribbean

Part of Cambridge Concise Histories

  • Author: B. W. Higman, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521043489


Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available for inspection. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an inspection copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • A Concise History of the Caribbean presents a general history of the Caribbean islands from the beginning of human settlement about seven thousand years ago to the present. It narrates processes of early human migration, the disastrous consequences of European colonization, the development of slavery and the slave trade, the extraordinary profits earned by the plantation economy, the great revolution in Haiti, movements toward political independence, the Cuban Revolution, and the diaspora of Caribbean people. Written in a lively and accessible style yet current with the most recent research, the book provides a compelling narrative of Caribbean history essential for students and visitors.

    • The most complete and up-to-date account of the history of the Caribbean islands
    • A compelling narrative of Caribbean history
    • The Caribbean islands have often been at the centre of world history - from Columbus's 15th century landfall there, to the slave trade, the first black republic in Haiti and the Cuban Revolution
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'A first-rate interpretive overview that at present has no equal, by a master historian and insightful scholar.' David Barry Gaspar, Duke University

    'This is the best short general history available on the Caribbean, covering the area with magisterial authority as well as enviable comprehensiveness and competence.' Franklin W. Knight, The Johns Hopkins University

    'An excellent comparative history by a leading historian of the Caribbean … a perceptive analysis of West Indian people and their environment from ancient times to the present.' Kenneth Morgan, Brunel University

    'In this fast-paced, compact text, the prolific B. W. Higman chronicles familiar and new life-changing episodes in the history of those who settled voluntarily or involuntarily in the complex space we call the Caribbean.' Verene A. Shepherd, University of the West Indies

    'A compelling narrative of the rich history of the Caribbean. Higman provides a comprehensive introduction in an accessible style.' Living Abroad Magazine

    '… a lively, well-written, and thorough work that will be useful to students, to scholars wishing to catch up on the history of this region, and - it is hoped - to the general reader.' Asa McKercher, Canadian Journal of History

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521043489
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 214 x 142 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 10 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. A history of islands
    2. Ancient archipelago, 7200 BC–AD 1492
    3. Columbian cataclysm, 1492–1630
    4. Plantation peoples, 1630–1770
    5. Rebels and revolutionaries, 1770–1870
    6. Democrats and dictators, 1870–1945
    7. The Caribbean since 1945
    8. Canoe, caravel, container ship.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Caribbean Art
    • Caribbean Culture and Society
    • Caribbean History
    • Caribbean History and Literature
    • Caribbean Literature and Culture
    • Caribbean Past, Present, Futures
    • Caribbean Religions
    • Caribbean Society and Culture
    • Caribbean and Central American History
    • Concepts & Methods in Caribbean Anthropology
    • Cuban History 1492-Present
    • Early Caribbean History
    • From colonial Saint-Domingue to Independant Haiti
    • Global and Historical Studies: Caribbean
    • Historical Processes of the Caribbean
    • History and Culture of the Caribbean
    • History of the Caribbean
    • History of the Caribbean to 1898
    • Intro to Caribbean History
    • Introduction to Caribbean studies
    • Modern Latin American History
    • Nicaragua, Haiti, US and the World
    • Survey of Latin American and the Caribbean
    • The Caribbean: History, Environment, & Development
    • The Real Pirates of the Craibbean
    • Women in the Caribbean History
  • Author

    B. W. Higman, Australian National University, Canberra
    B. W. Higman is the William Keith Hancock Professor of History at the Australian National University. He is the author of ten books on Caribbean history, archaeology and geography, including Slave Population and Economy in Jamaica, 1807–1834 (Cambridge University Press, 1976, awarded the Bancroft Prize), Plantation Jamaica 1750–1850: Capital and Control in a Colonial Economy (2005) and Jamaican Food: History, Biology, Culture (2008). Higman is Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, Jamaica.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.