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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.
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 Illustrations||p. ix|
|A History of Islands||p. 1|
|Ancient Archipelago, 7200 BP-AD 1492||p. 9|
|First Peoples||p. 9|
|Second Wave||p. 22|
|Complex Societies||p. 33|
|Spirit Worlds||p. 43|
|Columbian Cataclysm, 1492-1630||p. 52|
|First Encounters||p. 55|
|Early Models of Colonization||p. 60|
|Taíno Response||p. 70|
|A Second Sixteenth Century||p. 81|
|Conflict and Competition||p. 89|
|Plantation Peoples, 1630-1770||p. 97|
|The Sugar Revolution||p. 98|
|War and Peace||p. 109|
|Slavery and the People Trade||p. 122|
|Slave Society or Creole Society?||p. 137|
|Rebels and Revolutionaries, 1770-1870||p. 141|
|Resistance and Rebellion in Slave Societies||p. 142|
|Revolution in St Domingue||p. 146|
|Other Abolitions||p. 153|
|Demographic Change||p. 158|
|Labour and Land||p. 164|
|Trading Places||p. 173|
|Government or Politics?||p. 188|
|Democrats and Dictators, 1870-1945||p. 196|
|Imperialism Remade||p. 197|
|New Models of Government Growth||p. 214|
|Population and Labour||p. 216|
|Exploiting the Land||p. 222|
|Trade, Transport, Travel||p. 234|
|Social and Cultural Change||p. 239|
|The Caribbean Since 1945||p. 251|
|Revolution in Cuba||p. 252|
|Haiti and the Dominican Republic||p. 259|
|People on the Move||p. 275|
|Economic Development||p. 284|
|Equality and Inequality||p. 302|
|Food, Clothing, Shelter||p. 307|
|Creolization versus Globalization||p. 318|
|Canoe, Caravel, Container Ship||p. 327|
|Suggestions for Further Reading||p. 333|
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