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A Concise History of the Caribbean



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Cambridge University Press
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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.

Author Biography

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

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
A History of Islandsp. 1
Ancient Archipelago, 7200 BP-AD 1492p. 9
First Peoplesp. 9
Second Wavep. 22
Complex Societiesp. 33
Spirit Worldsp. 43
Disruptionp. 47
Columbian Cataclysm, 1492-1630p. 52
First Encountersp. 55
Early Models of Colonizationp. 60
Taíno Responsep. 70
A Second Sixteenth Centuryp. 81
Conflict and Competitionp. 89
Plantation Peoples, 1630-1770p. 97
The Sugar Revolutionp. 98
War and Peacep. 109
Governmentp. 116
Slavery and the People Tradep. 122
Populationp. 122
Slave Society or Creole Society?p. 137
Rebels and Revolutionaries, 1770-1870p. 141
Resistance and Rebellion in Slave Societiesp. 142
Revolution in St Dominguep. 146
Other Abolitionsp. 153
Demographic Changep. 158
Labour and Landp. 164
Trading Placesp. 173
Societyp. 181
Government or Politics?p. 188
Democrats and Dictators, 1870-1945p. 196
Imperialism Remadep. 197
New Models of Government Growthp. 214
Population and Labourp. 216
Exploiting the Landp. 222
Trade, Transport, Travelp. 234
Social and Cultural Changep. 239
The Caribbean Since 1945p. 251
Revolution in Cubap. 252
Haiti and the Dominican Republicp. 259
Decolonizationp. 266
People on the Movep. 275
Economic Developmentp. 284
Equality and Inequalityp. 302
Food, Clothing, Shelterp. 307
Creolization versus Globalizationp. 318
Canoe, Caravel, Container Shipp. 327
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 333
Indexp. 343
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