By Olwyn M. Blouet

When american citizens search an get away from the concerns and dilemmas of way of life, the crystal blue waters and white sands of the Caribbean islands appear like the reply to a prayer. but this photo of a tourist’s paradise hides a tumultuous historical past marked via strife and department over race, political energy, and financial inequality. Olwyn Blouet explores the story of “the Caribbean” over the past 50 years, revealing it to be a quarter situated on the center of a few the main famous geopolitical problems with sleek times.

            Navigating a wealthy mélange of cultures and histories, Blouet reveals a posh narrative that's often ignored in histories of the Americas. In stark distinction to widely-read guidebooks, this chronicle unflinchingly probes strikingly diverse worlds within the Caribbean islands—those of the haves and the have-nots—created by way of the unstable mix of colonial politics, racial segregation, and financial upheaval. The strategic political kin among Caribbean countries, Cuba specifically, and the area powers in the course of the chilly warfare; the commercial differences instigated through tourism; and the modernizing efforts of Caribbean international locations with the intention to meet the calls for of a globalizing twenty-first century industry are one of the various concerns explored via Blouet in her efforts to redress the old record’s imbalance. The modern Caribbean also explores the proud histories of the region's many nations in activities resembling cricket and baseball, in addition to their famed cuisines, and the uneasy stability at the present time among neighborhood traditions and the vestiges of colonial influence.

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