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 As European power has waned in the Caribbean, it has been replaced by the geopolitical domination of the United States.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.
Once again the unorthodox methods of deep-cover CIA officer Felipe McQuinn are called into play, this time to stop escalating tensions between the United States and the People's Republic of China. McQuinn and a paramilitary team have three days to plan and carry out a mission to head off a deadly confrontation between the two mighty powers.
Although the world is saturated with extraordinary methods, innovation, and technology, the Caribbean seems to have been left behind in the substantive growth of global development. While the majority of the world defines the Caribbean as "paradise," the reality of life for the Afro-Caribbean culture is defined by an unrelenting hardship. This book comprehensively analyses this phenomenon from a unique and intimate perspective in order to offer a viable pathway to sustainable growth.
By examining the historic progression of the Caribbean region and African culture, the author explores the relationship between creative practice and socioeconomic crisis and questions whether limited access to environments that facilitate original and conceptual ideas correlates with socioeconomic crisis. The outcomes and methods of analysis developed in this book are a useful tool for other cultures or organizations seeking to diffuse socioeconomic crisis and implement a pathway of sustainable growth.
This innovative and book will be of great interest to students and scholars of cultural and sustainability studies, Caribbean and African Studies as well as Development and Sustainable Development
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