Dependency and Socialism in the Modern Caribbean

Dependency and Socialism in the Modern Caribbean : Superpower Intervention in Guyana, Jamaica, and Grenada, 1970-1985

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Was the Anglophone Caribbean condemned by its colonial history to permanent conditions of dependency and by Cold War geopolitical realities to international interventionism? In Dependency and Socialism in the Modern Caribbean Euclid Rose focuses upon the efforts made by the English-speaking Caribbean-through case studies that compare and contrast the political economies of Guyana, Jamaica, and Grenada-to break out of the legacy of colonial dependency and underdevelopment through the implementation of a Caribbean brand of socialism. The work considers the Caribbean's adoption of Fabian-style socialism as an alternative to capitalist development and how these socialist policies were impacted by differences in infrastructure capacity, economic and social resources and political agendas. It highlights the pivotal role of race and class, and the hitherto little studied impact of religion, on the region's political economy.
Moreover, the study calculates the impact of the global economy upon Caribbean socio-economic conditions, and the ideological, geopolitical, and strategic implications of the Cold War and the Caribbean's socialist alignment on the nature, character, and intensity of British and American interventionism in the region. A must read for political economists in search of a greater understanding of the postcolonial political economy of the Caribbean and Latin America.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 452 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 40.6mm | 929.88g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739104489
  • 9780739104484

Table of contents

Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 Introduction Chapter 4 The Development of the Political Economy of the Caribbean Chapter 5 Dependency in the Commonwealth Caribbean Chapter 6 The Struggle to Overcome Dependency in the Caribbean through Integration Chapter 7 International Challenge to Dependency by CARICOM States Chapter 8 Guyana: The Adoption of Cooperative Socialism Chapter 9 Jamaica: The Declaration of Democratic Socialism Chapter 10 Revolutionary Socialism: Grenada's Experience Chapter 11 U.S.-led Destabilization of Guyana, Jamaica, and Grenada Chapter 12 Conclusion: Dependency, Socialism, and Superpower Intervention in the Caribbean
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Review quote

This work is an important and timely reflection upon efforts to employ a socialist alternative to Caribbean post-colonial development. -- Percy C. Hintzen, University of California, Berkeley Insightful and effectively researched. New West Indian Guide Dependency and Socialism in the Modern Caribbean is a brilliant analysis of the struggle to overcome dependency in the English-speaking Caribbean. The book is intellectually wideranging ... and impressively original. -- Alvin Magid, State University of New York, Albany
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About Euclid A. Rose

Euclid A. Rose is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Siena College.
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