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A Concise History of the Caribbean

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

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  • 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
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    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

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    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.

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