E–pub [A Brief History of the Caribbean From the Arawak and the Carib to the Present] Õ Jan Rogozinski
Not the best written history I have ever read but it is a fine survey of the history of the islands of the Caribbean The whole dreary colonialslaverysugar epic is told
without too much hand wringing thankfully and the modern era is presented without too much political too much hand wringing thankfully and the modern era is presented without too much political so that the reader should recognize the difference between social problems and tyranny The islands vary widely in their eography terrain and demographics so the narrative does a Gandhi Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age great deal of jumping around Still all in all aood introduction to the topic Dnf ed it Too dry for me The first half of this book is really useful and readable It s hard to write a comprehensive history of this region but it s possible until one Les Innocents gets to the 19th century Then things become so fragmented that it reads like disparate encyclopedia entries with too much detail Still it s a useful reference bio withood photos illustrations and maps Describing the I Was A Stranger great earthuake of 1692 that sunk Port Royal Jamaica as a fitting punishment for the new Sodom doesn t seem uite like an objective historywhat s wrong with whoring and piratesStillI didet to learn about the Alco small Arawak dogs that couldn t bark The reat German statesman Otto von Bismarck once said that it was best not to know how one s laws and one s sausages were made The same is true of places that one enjoys visiting The Caribbean of course is an area that makes a reat deal of its contemporary income from tourism and that tends to reuire being polite to traveling Americans and Europeans and others in the hope that they will spend plenty of money in one s country and have nice things to say Sometimes that means having available discreet places to keep one s money and ensuring tranuility in domestic politics so as to avoid scaring those whose dollars and euros ensure the well being of the economy That said the Caribbean has had a very dark history involving centuries of slavery and a distinct unwillingness on the part of freed slaves and in many cases their descendants to engage in useful labor because such labor was viewed as oppression and not as the way out of
poverty Indeed the Caribbean has only been profitable when people have Indeed the Caribbean has only been profitable when people have others which does not always make for the most enjoyable historyThis particular book is about 300 pages long and it is divided into five parts and eighteen chapters The author begins this book with a list of tables and a preface After that the author discusses the Caribbean under Spanish rule I which chapters on the enduring environment and the first islanders namely the Arawak and Carib 1 the discovery of the islands by This comprehensive volume takes the reader and student through than five hundred years of Caribbean history beginning with Columbus's arrival in the Bahamas in 1492 A Brief History of the Caribbean traces the people and events that have marked this constantly shifti. ,
D as it The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States gets Different countries were fighting over the islands toet ain and the people were exterminated massacred brutalized This wiped out possibilities of ood leaders and it repeated itself and it is understandable the last 100 years has continued to be depressing for most of them I wanted to read this prior to my first trip to the Caribbean so I would better understand the area I was Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth going to but I didn t uite make it I found it interesting enough though that when Iot a chance a wanted to finish This book was published in the very early 90s but from what I have read most countries have not changed much in the intervening 20 years in some cases that is very sad but for most of the area that is a fairly 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts good thing The history of the Caribbean is a brutal story in many ways and one in which Americans and Europeans have little to be proud of I hope we can do better in the future This history was almost too brief to be useful jammed with statistics and one sentence summaries of persons places and events it actually tries to stuff too much into too small a container Would have been useful had it been 300% longer with better coverage of several features 1 relationship between colonial powers and imperialist interventionists and each of the Larger Antilles wasiven far too short shrift 2 despite its central coverage the book is light on the causes and affects of the sugar trade taken in the limited frame of the Caribbean 3 coverage of Saint DomingueHaiti prior to the American occupation is very poor even relevant map is missing 4 the book is already in need of update since its 1992 PUBLICATION WORTHY TO HAVE ON THE Worthy to have on the and chocked full of useful tidbits but a terrific slog to read and chocked full of useful tidbits but a terrific slog to read to cover Even then I spent a lot of time on the internet Moonrise (Snowfall, getting background on key persons and places to fill in issues mentioned but unexplained in the book The book is only 292 pages and took me three weeks to finish Awesome book on the history of the Caribbean I had to read it while in college but have kept it with me ever since Learned areat deal about the plantocracyslavocracy of the French Spanish and Americans I think it could ve went deeper into Toussaint L Ouventure the freedom fighter Provides ood information on the social political and economic history of Caribbean including Cuba Puerto Rico and Jamaican Definitely a ood starting point But also appears to be written from a westerner white mans perspective Therefore outside of slavery issues of race relations and cultural identity will be missing or limited You will need other books to dig deeper but Hello, Snow! good book to start with. Ten history revised and updated with new chapters that reflect the islands' most recent social economic and political developments is a work of impeccable scholarship Featuring maps charts tables and photographs it remains the idealuide to the region and its peopl. Olumbus 2 the fight of pirates for Spanish old 3 and Spain s Caribbean colonies 4 Then the author discusses
the imperialism of Northern Europeans in the Caribbean II with chapters on the Dutch empireimperialism of Northern Europeans in the Caribbean II with chapters on the Dutch empire
the settlement of the Lesser Antilles 6 the buccaneers of Jamaica Saint Domingue and the Bahamas 7settlement of the Lesser Antilles 6 the buccaneers of Jamaica Saint Domingue and the Bahamas 7 war and piracy from 1665 1720 8 After that the author discusses the sugar empire built on slavery III with chapters on the rise of sugar planting 9 the world of the slaves 10 the struggle for control between France and England 11 and runaways and rebels 12 The author turns to discuss abolition of slavery and the challenges of freedom IV with chapters on the British colonies 13 the fight for freedom of the Spanish islands 14 and Hispaniola and the Leeward Islands 15 The last part of the book then looks at poverty and progress in the Caribbean islands since 1914 V with chapters on the US and its relationship to the independent nations of the Caribbean 16 the aining of independence of the islands 17 and the Commonwealth Caribbean since independence 18 after which there are maps notes suggestions for future reading photo credits and an indexAs has been the case in many books I have read about the Caribbean and its history this book spends too much time and effort writing about the political leaders of the contemporary Caribbean It is not surprising when one sees the sort of protest politics and leftist bent of many Caribbean regimes as well as the long adoption of suatting and insecurity of property rights that one can find in such areas that the Caribbean has struggled to have secure economies Throughout the history of the Caribbean development has been directed to external rather than internal purposes and the results have been lamentable and predictable with a false dilemma between socialist and crony capitalist projects to ensure domestic peace through excessive spending and dependence on external trade with cash
crops or oil in the case of Trinidad in order to provide for a favorable balance of tradeor oil in the case of Trinidad in order to provide for a favorable balance of trade pay for all of the necessities that the islands have been unable to provide for themselves Although the Caribbean is a lovely area it has seemingly been unable to escape from the trap of being dominated by others who seek it as a pleasant place to visit a market for oods and as the source of cash crops and not much else Well written detailed lots of stories excellent figures information about all of the Caribbean islands including the Bahamas Read cover to cover as I always do but had to skim the last 100 pages I know history is violent bloody terribly unfair but this is as ba. Ng region encompassing everything from economic booms and busts to epidemics wars and revolutions and bringing to life such important figures as Sir Francis Drake Blackbeard Toussaint Louverture Fidel Castro the Duvaliers and Jean Bertrand AristideThis superbly writ. .