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The Caribbean in the Wider World, 1492–1992
A Regional Geography

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Part of Geography of the World-Economy

  • Date Published: January 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521351867

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  • This major textbook survey, first published in 1992, explains how the Caribbean's present geography is intimately tied to the past. The Caribbean was Europe's first colony, its landscapes transformed to produce tropical staples and its decimated aboriginal populace replaced with African slaves. As European power has waned in the Caribbean, it has been replaced by the geopolitical domination of the United States. Professor Richardson examines this colonisation and recolonisation of the Caribbean during the past half millennium, portraying a region victimised by natural hazards, soil erosion, over population and gunboat diplomacy. Most importantly, he explains the ways in which Caribbean peoples have reacted and adapted to their external influences. No other single survey of the region provides equivalent breadth - ranging from aboriginal ecologies to today's narcotic traffic - or harnesses so effectively elements of the past to illuminate the present.

    • A major textbook covering the history and geography of the Caribbean over 500 hundred years
    • Richardson's study is the first to look in-depth at external influences on the region and how it has adapted as a whole. Previous works have presented island by island accounts
    • Timely publication to coincide with the the quincentenary of Christopher Columbus great voyage of discovery
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    • Date Published: January 1992
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521351867
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 4 maps 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    1. The creation of the Caribbean
    2. A colonised environment
    3. Plantations and their peoples to 1900
    4. The American century
    5. Economic dependency
    6. Human migrations
    7. Resistance and political independence
    8. Towards a geography of Caribbean nationhood
    Bibliography.

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    Bonham C. Richardson, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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