Sidney W. Mintz. 2010. Three Ancient Colonies: Caribbean Themes and Variations Sidney W. Mintz. 2010. Three Ancient Colonies: Caribbean Themes and Variations

Sidney W. Mintz. 2010. Three Ancient Colonies: Caribbean Themes and Variations

Caribbean Studies 2010, July-Dec, 38, 2

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Sidney W. Mintz. 2010. Three Ancient Colonies: Caribbean Themes and Variations. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 257 pp. ISBN: 978-0-674-05012-9. It makes sense to think of the Caribbean as a region, as a series of islands whose lush tropical beauty fed a long history of colonialism and forced labor migrations. But the search for a unified account of "the Caribbean" may prove maddening, because of the ways an array of colonizing powers set in motion the very different chronologies that encompass, for each island, the unfolding processes of slavery and emancipation and the forging of bonds to a global economy. There would seem to be no need to rehearse, in this venue, the intricacies of Caribbean history and culture. Yet a revisiting and delicate probing of historical themes and variations is precisely Sidney Mintz's project in his splendid new volume. Together with a pensive introduction and a provocative conclusion, chapters on Haiti, Jamaica and Puerto Rico accomplish many things given their relative brevity. As Mintz returns to the sites of his original research and remembers the individuals at the core of his field work, he offers methodological guidance, delivers detailed accounts of each society in question, and constructs a sweeping comparison that comes to rest, eventually, on the nature of language and, as he suggests, a mode of cultural invention that was nothing less than a "collective, social kind of uniquely human achievement"(p. 199).

GENRE
Nonfiction
RELEASED
2010
July 1
LANGUAGE
ES
Spanish
LENGTH
5
Pages
PUBLISHER
Instituto de Estudios del Caribe
SELLER
The Gale Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation and an affiliate of Cengage Learning, Inc.
SIZE
55.2
KB

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