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  • A Jamaican Plantationby Michael Craton; James Walvin

    University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division 1970; Not Available

    The first complete history of a West Indian sugar estate; this is not just the story of a single Jamaican plantation and its people over three hundred years; the study reveals, in microcosm, the social and economic development of the area. more...

  • The Young C.L.R. Jamesby Paul Buhle; Milton Knight; Lawrence Ware

    PM Press 2018; US$ 3.99

    The son of a provincial school administrator in British-governed Trinidad, James disappointed his family by embracing the culture and passions of the colonial underclass. He joined the literary avant-garde of the island before leaving for Britain. In the UK, James swiftly became a beloved cricket journalist, playwright for his close friend Paul Robeson,... more...

  • Igniting the Caribbean's Pastby Bonham C. Richardson

    The University of North Carolina Press 2005; US$ 29.99

    Unlike the earthquakes and hurricanes that have influenced Caribbean history, the region's fires have almost always been caused by humans. Geographer Bonham C. Richardson explores the effects of fire in the social and ecological history of the British Lesser Antilles, from the British Virgin Islands south to Trinidad. Focusing on the late nineteenth... more...

  • Visions of Power in Cubaby Lillian Guerra

    The University of North Carolina Press 2012; US$ 24.99

    In the tumultuous first decade of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro and other leaders saturated the media with altruistic images of themselves in a campaign to win the hearts of Cuba's six million citizens. In Visions of Power in Cuba , Lillian Guerra argues that these visual representations explained rapidly occurring events and encouraged radical... more...

  • Havana and the Atlantic in the Sixteenth Centuryby Alejandro de la Fuente

    The University of North Carolina Press 2011; US$ 29.99

    Havana in the 1550s was a small coastal village with a very limited population that was vulnerable to attack. By 1610, however, under Spanish rule it had become one of the best-fortified port cities in the world and an Atlantic center of shipping, commerce, and shipbuilding. Using all available local Cuban sources, Alejandro de la Fuente provides the... more...

  • Caribbean Exchangesby Susan Dwyer Amussen

    The University of North Carolina Press 2009; US$ 27.99

    English colonial expansion in the Caribbean was more than a matter of migration and trade. It was also a source of social and cultural change within England. Finding evidence of cultural exchange between England and the Caribbean as early as the seventeenth century, Susan Dwyer Amussen uncovers the learned practice of slaveholding. As English colonists... more...

  • Tropical Babylonsby Stuart B. Schwartz

    The University of North Carolina Press 2011; US$ 29.99

    The idea that sugar, plantations, slavery, and capitalism were all present at the birth of the Atlantic world has long dominated scholarly thinking. In nine original essays by a multinational group of top scholars, Tropical Babylons re-evaluates this so-called "sugar revolution." The most comprehensive comparative study to date of early Atlantic... more...

  • Cuba in the American Imaginationby Louis A. Pérez Jr.

    The University of North Carolina Press 2008; US$ 27.99

    For more than two hundred years, Americans have imagined and described Cuba and its relationship to the United States by conjuring up a variety of striking images--Cuba as a woman, a neighbor, a ripe fruit, a child learning to ride a bicycle. Louis A. Perez Jr. offers a revealing history of these metaphorical and depictive motifs and discovers the... more...

  • The Book of Salsaby César Miguel Rondón

    The University of North Carolina Press 2008; US$ 19.99

    Salsa is one of the most popular types of music listened to and danced to in the United States. Until now, the single comprehensive history of the music--and the industry that grew up around it, including musicians, performances, styles, movements, and production--was available only in Spanish. This lively translation provides for English-reading and... more...

  • The Struggle for Democratic Politics in the Dominican Republicby Jonathan Hartlyn

    The University of North Carolina Press 2017; US$ 29.99

    Over the past several decades, the Dominican Republic has experienced striking political stagnation in spite of dramatic socioeconomic transformations. In this work, Jonathan Hartlyn offers a new explanation for the country's political evolution, based on a broad comparative perspective. Hartlyn rejects cultural explanations unduly focused on... more...