Sunday, February 1, 2015

Jamaica: A Historical Portrait

Hurwitz, Samuel J., and Edith F. Hurwitz, Jamaica: A Historical Portrait, New York: Praeger, 1971.

Noted in International Affairs (Royal Institute of International Affairs 1944-) © 1972.

From the book jacket:
”Jamaica” is an interpretative account of the factors that have helped to shape contemporary Jamaica from its origins in the sixteenth century to modern times. The authors point out that the country’s recorded history began during the great age of exploration that ushered in the capitalist era. “Jamaica was shaped and forged by the same forces that created the new economic and political order.” In the mercantilist era following the age of exploration, Jamaica became a British colony; and “the slave trade, an important source of commercial wealth … brought large numbers of Africans to the island..."

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