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The Caribbean

The Genesis of a Fragmented Nationalism

Third Edition

Franklin W. Knight

Publication Date - June 2011

ISBN: 9780195381337

304 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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A sophisticated, comprehensive overview of the Caribbean


Offering a rare pan-Caribbean perspective on a region that has moved from the very center of the western world to its periphery, The Caribbean: The Genesis of a Fragmented Nationalism journeys through five centuries of economic and social development, emphasizing such topics as the slave-run plantation economy, the changes in political control over the centuries, the impact of the United States, and the effects of Castro's Cuban revolution on the area. The book integrates social analysis with political narrative, providing a unique perspective on the problems of nation-building in an area of dense populations, scarce resources, and an explosive political climate.

New to this Edition

  • A fresh contextualization of Caribbean history
  • Up-to-date and revised scholarship, bringing the history to 2010
  • New information on indigenous societies and the contact period
  • A short bibliography of suggested readings for each chapter
  • Expanded discussion on the Haitian and Cuban Revolutions and their universal impact
  • Revised and updated chronology and informational tables on the Caribbean

About the Author(s)

Franklin W. Knight is the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University.

Previous Publication Date(s)

October 1990
January 1978

Table of Contents

    Maps and Tables
    Introduction to the Second Edition
    1. The Political Georgaphy of the Pre-Hispanic Caribbean
    2. Settlements and Colonies
    3. Patterns of Colonization in the New World
    4. Imperialism and Slavery
    5. Social Structure of the Plantation Society
    6. Imperial Fragmentation and Colonial Social Reconstruction, 1793-1886
    7. Caribbean Nation Building 1: Haiti and the Dominican Republic
    8. Caribbean Nation Building 2: Cuba, 1868-1989
    9. Caribbean Nation Building 3: Puerto Rico and the Ambivalent Identity
    10. Caribbean Nation Building 4: The Commonwealth Caribbean
    11. State and nationalism in the Contemporary Caribbean
    A Selected Guide to the Historical Literature on the Caribbean