Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The West Indies: The Federal Negotiations

Mordecai, John Sir, The West Indies: the federal negotiations, London: Allen & Unwin, 1968.

Reviewed in Social and Economic Studies © 1969.

Reviewed in The Western Political Quarterly © 1969.

Reviewed in The Journal of Developing Areas © 1970.

From the inner-sleeve:
This is the history of Federation in the British West Indies since the 1920’s, in itself a fascinating story full of strong and colourful personalities; at the same time it offers an incisive analysis of the reasons why Federations have proved so unstable in the post-war world. It is unusual to have the story from a man who was both without any narrow allegiance and at the centre of events from 1952 up to the very end. Sir John Mordecai was in daily contact throughout with the leading figures and the crises surrounding them. He served as Secretary-General of the West Indies Regional Economic Committee which prepared the organic structure for political union and as Federal Secretary and chief official when parliamentary government and a Council of Ministers took control in 1958.

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