Guiana and the Shadows of Empire

Guiana and the Shadows of Empire : Colonial and Cultural Negotiations at the Edge of the World

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This text is the first in many years to address the histories and cultures of Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana in a single regional volume, exploring their colorful pasts and explaining the vast cultural differences among the three. Students of Caribbean history, Latin American history, colonialism and imperialism, and the history of slavery will find a collection of useful information on the region that has not been assembled to this degree in any other text currently available.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 202 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 22mm | 439.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 3 Tables, unspecified; 6 Maps
  • 0739187791
  • 9780739187791
  • 1,801,051

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Hyles offers a lucid portrait of how Dutch, English, and French empires confronted tropical nature in the strip of South America between Brazil and Venezuela, breaking it in to three polities-Guyana of the British, Suriname of the Dutch, and French Guyane-each with distinct political, economic, and cultural trajectories. -- Richard Drayton, Kings College London Joshua Hyles has chosen an unusual laboratory for his study of European imperialism: the Guianas on the northern coast of South America. His analysis of three colonies linked by geography, but shaped by the imposition of British, French, and Dutch imperial enterprises results in a masterful study of not just the various forms European imperialism took, but also the autochthonous reaction to each that explains the emergence of independent states in Guyana, Suriname, and the creation of the overseas departement of French Guiana. -- Joan E. Supplee, Baylor University A boon to Caribbean scholars, this book breaks a tradition of academic isolation and integrates Cayenne and Suriname into the historiography of the region. It removes the existing veil and makes information on these two countries available to a wide range of scholars while providing an interesting perspective on the transformation of Guiana, a single geographical unit into three culturally diverse nations. This is a timely and welcome addition to the historiography of the Caribbean. -- Rita Pemberton, The University of the West Indies
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About Joshua R. Hyles

Joshua Hyles holds an MA in history from Baylor University.
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Table of contents

Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Guianas- Prehistory-1667 Chapter Three: Guianas 1667-1814 Chapter Four: British Guiana 1814-1914 Chapter 5: Five French Guiana 1814-1914 Chapter Six: Dutch Guiana 1814-1914 Chapter Seven: Guianas 1914-1950 Chapter Eight: Guyana 1950-Present Chapter Nine: French Guiana 1950-Present Chapter Ten: Suriname 1950-Present Chapter Eleven: Conclusion
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