The different cultures of the Caribbean were formed as a lot by way of hurricanes as they've got by means of international relations, trade, or the legacy of colonial rule. during this panoramic paintings of social background, Stuart Schwartz examines how Caribbean societies have answered to the hazards of hurricanes, and the way those damaging storms have stimulated the region's historical past, from the increase of plantations, to slavery and its abolition, to migrations, racial clash, and war.

Taking readers from the voyages of Columbus to the devastation of typhoon Katrina, Schwartz appears to be like on the moral, political, and financial demanding situations that hurricanes posed to the Caribbean's indigenous populations and different ecu peoples who ventured to the recent global to take advantage of its riches. He describes how the U.S. supplied the version for responding to environmental threats while it emerged as a big energy and commenced to exert its impact over the Caribbean within the 19th century, and the way the region's governments got here to imagine better tasks for prevention and aid, efforts that by means of the tip of the 20 th century have been being puzzled via free-market neoliberals. Schwartz sheds mild on catastrophes like Katrina by way of framing them inside a protracted and contentious background of human interplay with the traditional world.

Spanning greater than 5 centuries and drawing on large archival study in Europe and the Americas, Sea of Storms emphasizes the ongoing function of race, social inequality, and financial ideology within the shaping of our responses to average disaster.

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