Eric Williams and the Making of the Modern Caribbean

ISBN-10: 0807859249
ISBN-13: 9780807859247
Edition: 2008
Authors: Colin A. Palmer
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Description: Born in Trinidad, Eric Williams (1911-81) founded the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago's first modern political party in 1956, led the country to independence from the British culminating in 1962, and became the nation's first prime minister. Before  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Born in Trinidad, Eric Williams (1911-81) founded the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago's first modern political party in 1956, led the country to independence from the British culminating in 1962, and became the nation's first prime minister. Before entering politics, he was a professor at Howard University and wrote several books, including the classicCapitalism and Slavery. In the first scholarly biography of Williams, Colin Palmer provides insights into Williams's personality that illuminate his life as a scholar and politician and his tremendous influence on the historiography and politics of the Caribbean. Palmer focuses primarily on the fourteen-year period of struggles for independence in the Anglophone Caribbean. From 1956, when Williams became the chief minister of Trinidad and Tobago, to 1970, when the Black Power-inspired February Revolution brought his administration face to face with a younger generation intellectually indebted to his revolutionary thought, Williams was at the center of most of the conflicts and challenges that defined the region. He was most aggressive in advocating the creation of a West Indies federation to help the region assert itself in international political and economic arenas. Looking at the ideas of Williams as well as those of his Caribbean and African peers, Palmer demonstrates how the development of the modern Caribbean was inextricably intertwined with the evolution of a regional anticolonial consciousness.

Colin A. Palmer is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Intellectual Decolonization
The Challenge of Political and Economic Integration
The Struggle for Chaguaramas
Eric Williams and the Golden Handshake
Courting Grenada
Bleeding Guiana
Eric Williams, Africa, and Africans
The Economics and Politics of Race
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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