From Columbus To Castro

It is pretty dense, and I found myself glazing over some of the passages, just because I was more interested in a general understanding. Create a Want Tell us what you're looking for and once a match is found, we'll inform you by e-mail. In other words, it was very detailed in telling the reader exac The history of the sugar industry and slave trade really framed most of the history of the Caribbean. With Liberty for Some is a thought-provoking work that will shed new light on the ways in which imprisonment has shaped the American experience. But in this case, I need to make an exception.

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Thompson, and a book on the Caribbean seemed like a good transition. The United States and the Caribbean will be of interest to students and scholars of economics, geography and politics and international relations in general. Sugar-being an extremely valuable commodity for as long as humanity has existed-is explored deeply here in various aspects in his verbatim descriptions of the slave trade.

As a author of Capitalism and Slavery he tries to find close linkage as well he based this book partly on economic aspect of region. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact.

He gives numbers that should stagger white and black alike. There are moments when the detail can seem to overshadow the trajectory of the book. The only caveat is its density.

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Furthermore, i Eric Williams belongs to the group of Marxist historians. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Obviously he cared deeply about the people of the Caribbean countries.

Keep in mind that it was written in the late s, so don't expect it to be up-to-date. Used products do not contain supplements and some products may include highlighting and writing. Pages and cover are clean and intact. On a beautiful island like this, it almost sounded like a nice way to go back to the land and down shift.

John's where, like much the Caribbean, the evidence of the slavery-based sugar economy is everywhere. No vacation there will ever feel quite the same again. Why do so many Puerto Ricans still speak Spanish? Eric Williams was the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago as well as a serious historian and academic.

The book provides the economic, political and social forces that drove the European colonization. Why is the Caribbean economy still developing? In my opinion, it is clear example of Marxist historian.

Was sugar really more important than gold? The chapter breakdown makes it an easy supplement for any student of history and facilitates progress for the casual reader. In that sense, this book was really right on the money. His descriptions of how slaves were treated is troubling but can't be ignored.

Eric Williams belongs to the group of Marxist historians. At times it was tough to keep interest.

This book presents the case from the Cuban perspective. Be the first to ask a question about From Columbus to Castro. Traces the history of Cuba from its discovery by Columbus to the present day and discusses its economy, social structure, culture, and government under the Castro regime. What I enjoyed most about this book was the chapter on Castroism.

From Columbus to Castro The History of the Caribbean by Eric Williams

It is still first comprehensive history of the area and it is key work to understand the economic and political elements of this region. The terrain is mountainous and seemingly unsuited to sugar. Enjoy this historic moment before a slow but inevitable transformation changes this nation forever.

His remarkable work offers the reader deep analysis of Carribean from Colombus to Castro. When I got back to California I decided to find a book on the history of the Caribbean, truck simulator game full version and lucky for I went to Puerto Rico for New Years in to visit a friend from college.

From Columbus to Castro The History of the Caribbean 1492-1969

Williams had a very unique perspective on the issues of colonialism, the sugar industry, and slave trade, and I would like to get his thoughts on where the region stands today. Williams is a path-blazing Oxford historian-turned-politican, who upended the idea that the British were selfless colonizers who emancipated primarily for humanitarian reasons. However, he points out mainy mainly economic matters with strong aspect of colonialism.

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From Columbus to Castro The History of the Caribbean 1492-1969

There is a really solid blending of economic, social and political history, and it is an excellent launch pad for reading or beginning other work in Caribbean history. Best book on Caribean history. Not overstocks or marked up remainders!

Open Preview See a Problem? The problem is that he made too many mistakes in his first few years of leading the country, and he refused to acknowledge or rectify any of them.

From Columbus To Castro

European colonial powers fought intensively here against indigenous populations and against each other for control of land and resources. Great info, but a bit drawn out. This is one of the best books I have ever read. For whether French, English, Dutch, Spanish, Danish, or-latterly-American, the nationality of their masters has made only a notional difference to the peoples of the Caribbean. But, for those times you want to immerse yourself in a story that simultaneously parallels and intersects with the American story, pick it up and then sit down.

Was the Anglophone Caribbean condemned by its colonial history to permanent conditions of dependency and by Cold War geopolitical realities to international interventionism? The background that Williams provides gives us sufficient context to understand where Cuba went wrong, and perhaps how to help them get back on track. The reading is dull and not engaging. Sugar and the use by often absentee planters of slavery or indentured servants is shown to cast a very long shadow on the region's employment problems.