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A Concise History of the Caribbean

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  • Author: B. W. Higman, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Date Published: August 2021
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108703680

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  • A Concise History of the Caribbean offers a comprehensive interpretation of the history of the Caribbean islands from the beginning of human settlement to the present. It narrates processes of early human migration, the disastrous consequences of European colonisation, the development of slavery and the slave trade, the extraordinary profits earned by the plantation economy, the great revolution in Haiti, movements towards political independence, the Cuban Revolution, and the diaspora of Caribbean people. In this second edition, Higman covers the political, social, and environmental developments of the last decade, offering sections on insular politics, Cuban communism, earthquakes, hurricanes, climate change, resource ecologies, epidemics, identity and reparations. Written in a lively and accessible style, and current with the most recent research, the book provides a compelling narrative of Caribbean history essential for students and visitors.

    • One of the most comprehensive histories of the Caribbean now updated to cover developments up to 2020
    • Emphasis on climate change provides important information about earthquakes, hurricanes, resource ecologies, and the environmental characteristics of the Caribbean as an island-group
    • Enables readers to appreciate the role of insularity and exposure to natural hazards in the geopolitical and economic history of the region
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Anyone embarking on a history of the Caribbean is faced with a complexity of problems. What, for a start, do you mean by the Caribbean? And how do you provide a chronological and analytical narrative that embraces widely divergent geographies, nationalities, and peoples over, say, a millennium? If any single historian is qualified to tackle the topic, [B. W.] Higman is surely the best … A Concise History of the Caribbean is a rare book – an important study for all students of the Caribbean, but with a resonance that goes well beyond the Caribbean itself.' James Walvin, New West Indian Guide

    'Higman's is the most up-to-date and comprehensive study of the history of the Caribbean from the Tainos to the contemporary period. Authoritative, thoughtful and meticulously researched, it is essential reading for all scholars of Caribbean history.' Patrick Bryan, English Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108703680
    • length: 476 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 138 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. A history of islands
    2. Ancient archipelago, 7200 BP-AD 1492
    3. Columbian cataclysm, 1492-1630
    4. Plantation peoples, 1630-1770
    5. Rebels and revolutionaries, 1770-1870
    6. Democrats and dictators, 1870-1940
    7.Decolonization and diasporas, 1940-2000
    8. A changing climate, 2000-2020.

  • Author

    B. W. Higman, Australian National University, Canberra
    B. W. Higman is Professor Emeritus at the Australian National University and Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, where he studied and taught for thirty years. His numerous books include Slave Population and Economy in Jamaica 1807-1834 (1977), which was awarded the Bancroft Prize.

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