Empire's Crossroads: The Caribbean From Columbus to the Present Day Paperback – Unabridged, 19 Jun 2014
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Vivid and thought-provoking (Spectator)
Carrie Gibson manages to weave 500 years of complex history into a brilliant narrative ... [A] strikingly assured debut. (Observer)
Carrie Gibson has written a compelling history of the Caribbean, rightly placing it at the heart of European imperialism. This is a gripping account by a gifted scholar and story-teller (Tristram Hunt)
A fine introduction to the history of a turbulent and fascinating region (The Times)
Carrie Gibson has written a judicious, readable and extremely well-informed account of a part of the world whose history is seldom acknowledged. Too many people know the Caribbean only as a tourist destination; she takes us, instead, into its fascinating, complex and often tragic past. No vacation there will ever feel quite the same again. (Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold's Ghost)
Sharp, gripping ... packed with the stories of tyrants and insurgents, and images of violence and beauty ... A great read about some fantastically absorbing - and to many people, little-known - history ... An exceptionally impressive debut. (Alex von Tunzelman Literary Review)
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She avoids an Anglo-centric perspective. Coverage of events in the Spanish and French speaking Caribbean is a particular strength of the book. Readers who, like me, have a limited knowledge of the development of Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic will come away better informed.
The book outlines the brutality and exploitation essential to societies based on slavery, explaining how the legacy of slavery continues to haunt the Caribbean. The treatment of race is nuanced and helps the reader appreciate the complexities of Caribbean ethnic and cultural identity.
The chapter on the impact of modern tourism throughout the islands is particularly illuminating, stripping away the glossy exotic images in the holiday brochures. Whilst tourists in search of paradise may have no interest in how the Caribbean has evolved, this book celebrates the region's history. A history which Gibson persuasively argues is as much global as local.