The Caribbean After Grenada: Revolution, Conflict, and Democracy

The Caribbean After Grenada: Revolution, Conflict, and Democracy


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This latest of many Grenadian-inspired books provides a useful supplement to the exclusively Grenadian-oriented volumes of recent years. Six of the articles represent conflicting interpretations of Maurice Bishop's New Jewel Movement and the US invasion of 1983. . . Formats and foci for the other Caribbean pieces vary, but they establish clearly that domestic, not external forces are what shape political development in the Caribbean, making arguments regarding Grenada's (or Cuba's) threat to the region less credible. . . . . [The] editors put the events in Grenada in perspective, a task that has long been overdue. For all levels.


The Caribbean After Grenada examines the major political and economic developments in the Caribbean since the events of October 1983 in Grenada. The contributors represent a range of ideological viewpoints—from neo-Marxist to conservative—and thus offer an unusually balanced and informed discussion of the lessons of Grenada and the problems of revolution, conflict, and democracy faced by contemporary Caribbean societies. Coverage is extremely broad in scope and encompasses all geographic regions, from the islands furthest out in Atlantic to the Central American Republics, all major regime types, and all cultural/linguistic areas. An ideal supplemental text for courses on comparative politics, the Caribbean, and economic development, this volume brings a much needed historical perspective to the study of events since the Grenada crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275927226
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/02/1988
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

SCOTT B. MACDONALD is the Chief International Economist at Maryland National Bank in Baltimore, Maryland and a consultant on Caribbean, Latin American, and Asian affairs. He has published articles in the Caribbean Review, The Latin American and Caribbean Contemporary Record, The Financial Times (London), The Times of the Americas, Export Today, The International Trader, and is the author of Trinidad and Tobago: Democracy and Development in the Caribbean (1986). He is also the author of Dancing on a Volcano: The Latin American Drug Trade (1988).

HARALD M. SANDSTROM is Associate Professor of Political Science and Government and Director of African-American Studies at the University of Hartford Connecticut. He is the author of Race and Class in Grenada and Jamaica: The Self-Destruction of Two Black Power Movements, in Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Third World Conference (1985) and The New International Economic Order and the Caribbean: The External/Internal Nexus, in The Restless Carribbean: Changing Patterns of International Relations. He is working on his first book, Third World Underdevelopment and Development: An Eclectic Introduction to Problems, Issues, and Theories (forthcoming).

PAUL B. GOODWIN, JR. is Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. He has written extensively on Latin America, focusing on Argentina and Anglo-Argentine relations. He is the author of Los ferrocarriles britanicos y la Union Civica Radical, 1926-1930 (1974) and two editions of Global Studies: Latin America (1984,1986), as well as numerous articles in Hispanic American Historical Review and Journal of Latin American Studies. He is currently at work on The Sixth Dominion: A History of Anglo-Argentine Relations in the Twentieth Century. 5rm

Table of Contents

The Implications of Grenada: Revolution and Invasion

An Introduction to the Eastern Carribbean

The Ideology of Grenada's Revolution: Dead End or Model?

From Revolutionary Solidarity to Military Defeat: The Foreign Policy of Grenada 1979-1983

False Prophecy and the American Invasion of Grenada

The Invasion of Grenada: A Pre-and Post-Mortem

Revolution, Conflict and Democracy in the Caribbean

The Jamaican Models

The United States and Democracy in the Caribbean

Apanjaht and Revolution in Caribbean Politics: The Case of Suriname

Haiti: The Duvaliers and Beyond

The April 1986 Elections in the Dominican Republic

Heading Toward a New Instability in the Carribbean's Eastern Tier?

Issues on the Periphery

Contadora and the Central American Republics: A Slide Down a Slippery Slope

Panama: Lurching Toward Democracy?

Grenada, the Caribbean Basin and the European Community

Soviet-Cuban Policy in the Caribbean: Was Grenada a Setback?

The Reagan Years



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