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Eastern Caribbean in Focus

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by James Ferguson
1997

Summary:

The idyllic landscapes of the Eastern Caribbean belie a dramatic and often cruel history. Fought over by the imperial navies and vulnerable to natural disasters, these small islands have also been marked by slavery, migration and a tradition of resistance. With their population rooted in every continent, a powerful mix of influences has created today's striking cultural diversity and self-expression.

Today, as tourism replaces agriculture, the islands of the Eastern Caribbean face the challenge of economic survival and maintaining their distinctive identities.

Contents:

EASTERN CARIBBEAN IN FOCUS explores:

* History:
European rivalry and the age of 'King Sugar'; slavery and rebellion; the move towards independence; revolutionary triumphs and failures; the Cold War and since.

* Culture:

Africans and Indians; French, English and Dutch legacies; the literary boom; soca, zouk and calypso; the Trinidad Carnival.

* Economy:

The rise and fall of sugar; the banana industry; tourism; oil and industry; debt and structural adjustment; US corporations.

* Society:

Race and racism; the role of women; migration and development; the drug industry and its social impact.

* Where to go, what to see:

Important landmarks and historical sites; the author's expert tips on how to make the most out of a brief visit.

Islands covered:

Anguilla
Antigua-Barbuda
Barbados
Dominica
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Martinique
Montserrat
Saba
St Eustatius
St Kitts-Nevis
St Lucia
St Martin
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago


James Ferguson is a researcher at the Latin America Bureau. He is author of Eastern Caribbean in Focus (LAB, 1997), The Traveller's Literary Companion to the Caribbean (In Print, 1997), Far From Paradise: An Introduction to Caribbean Development (LAB, 1990), Grenada: Revolution in Reverse (LAB, 1990) and Papa Doc, Baby Doc: Haiti and the Duvaliers (Basil Blackwell, 1986).