The Modern Caribbean

Edited by Franklin W. Knight, Colin A. Palmer

396 pp., 6.125 x 9.25

Not for Sale in the Caribbean

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4240-9
    Published: May 1989
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-1732-9
    Published: July 2014
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-8502-9
    Published: July 2014

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This collection of thirteen original essays by experts in the field of Caribbean studies clarifies the diverse elements that have shaped the modern Caribbean. Through an interdisciplinary examination of the complexities of race, politics, language, and environment that mark the region, the authors offer readers a thorough understanding of the Caribbean's history and culture. The essays also comment thoughtfully on the problems that confront the Caribbean in today's world.

The essays focus on the Caribbean island and the mainland enclaves of Belize and the Guianas. Topics examined include the Haitian Revolution of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; labor and society in the nineteenth-century Caribbean; society and culture in the British and French West Indies since 1870; identity, race, and black power in Jamaica; the "February Revolution" of 1970 in Trinidad; contemporary Puerto Rico; politics, economy, and society in twentieth-century Cuba; Spanish Caribbean politics and nationalism in the nineteenth century; Caribbean migrations; economic history of the British Caribbean; international relations; and nationalism, nation, and ideology in the evolution of Caribbean literature.

The authors trace the historical roots of current Caribbean difficulties and analyze these problems in the light of economic, political, and social developments. Additionally, they explore these conditions in relation to United States interests and project what may lie ahead for the region. The challenges currently facing the Caribbean, note the editors, impose a heavy burden upon political leaders who must struggle "to eliminate the tensions when the people are so poor and their expectations so great."

The contributors are Herman L. Bennett, Bridget Brereton, David Geggus, Franklin W. Knight, Anthony P. Maingot, Jay R. Mandle, Roberto Márquez, Teresita Martínez Vergne, Colin A. Palmer, Bonham C. Richardson, Franciso A. Scarano, and Blanca G. Silvestrini.

About the Authors

Franklin W. Knight is Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University.
For more information about Franklin W. Knight, visit the Author Page.

Colin A. Palmer is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University.
For more information about Colin A. Palmer, visit the Author Page.


"A superb collection that should locate the Caribbean at the epicenter of globalization research."--Americas

"Provides a long-awaited and significant contribution to the field of 21st century Caribbean studies. . . . Perceptive and timely as well as highly original and eclectic."--Latin Americanist

"A very interesting assortment embracing such subjects as history, domestic politics, race relations, literature, migration, and foreign relations."--Journal of Third World Studies

"An impressive, up-to-date compilation of thoughtful, first- rate studies approached from the perspectives of several disciplines. . . . Readers will encounter much to debate."--David Barry Gaspar