News and Events

 

HISTORY FEST 2018

26 February - 9 March, 2018

Primary and Secondary School Essay Competition Information

 

 

 

 

New Publications

 

D.McCollin book

Karen E. Eccles, PhD and Debbie McCollin, PhD, eds.

World War II and the Caribbean

Mona, Jamaica: UWI Press, 2017

World War II and the Caribbean focuses on one of the most exciting periods in the history of the region as the Caribbean territories faced incredible upheaval and opportunity during the war years. Local operations, cultural mores and the region’s international image were forever changed by its pivotal role in the war effort. The chapters in this volume respond to the need for information and analysis on the wide-ranging impact of the war on territories in the region (English, French, Spanish and Dutch). The contributors cover topics such as the economic consequences of wartime activity (the food crisis and the decline of the agricultural sector), while highlighting the opportunities that arose for industry and enterprise in the Caribbean; the accommodations made by the European imperial nations and their attempts to tighten control over their Caribbean territories during the war; the intervention of the Americans in the region; the social impact of the war (the migration of German-speaking refugees and other groups) and the effects on Caribbean societies of this contact; and the impact of the war on public health and the broad spectrum experiences of women (as volunteers, nurses and sex-workers).

 

 

 

Armando Garcia Armando García de la Torre. José Martí: Aproximaciones globales. Valencia, Spain: Editorial Aduana Vieja, 2017.

Armando Garcia, PhD

José Martí: Aproximaciones globales.

Valencia, Spain: Editorial Aduana Vieja, 2017.

A work that offers new approaches and proposals for the study of the life and work of José Martí (1853-1895) through an approach to the connections and global inspirations of his idea of ​​the freedom of Cuba and the unity of Latin America.An analysis of the bridges between what was Marti's personal experience and the universal currents of the late nineteenth century, on issues such as government and citizenship, independence and spirituality, the Eastern conception of the world, the North American civil war or the African diaspora.

 

 

 

D. McCollin book

Debbie McCollin, PhD, ed.

In The Fires of Hope; Essays on the Modern History of Trinidad and Tobago

Kingston and Miami: Ian Randle Publishers (2016)

Experienced scholars, historians and fresh voices in the field of Caribbean history combine in this collected work to create a rich tapestry of the modern history of Trinidad and Tobago. The result is a work of broad-based perspectives as the contributors explore some of the most significant periods, issues and systems of post-emancipation and modern Trinidad and Tobago The early chapters delve into the post-emancipation period- enslavement, colonial administration, Indian Indentureship- and the early 20th century internal and external developments related to resistance, foreign nationalism and religious incursions which guided the independence experience. Dr. Eric Williams, arguably the central character of the Independence story, is the subject of special focus as is the evolution of cultural expressions like mas, calypso and literature. The perennial and seemingly intractable Tobago constitutional issue is also examined with new insights. The work is given a particularly unique appeal by the inclusion of areas that have typically been overlooked in the independence discourse, such as health, the banking and credit union system, teacher education, migrant Trinidadian communities, security systems and the impact of crime. What began as a commemorative volume, emerging out of a 2012 independence jubilee hosted by The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, has been transformed into the most comprehensive text available on the period, filling a long-standing gap in the modern history of Trinidad and Tobago.

 

 

 

J. teelucksingh Book2

Jerome Teelucksingh, PhD

Ideology, Politics and Radicalism of the Afro-Caribbean

Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2016

This book focuses on seven of the prominent figures that both in action and in ideology reshaped nationalism, anti-colonialism, imperialism, and the construction of an Afro-Caribbean identity. Through a connective analysis of the activists and intellectuals, Ideology, Politics, and Radicalism of the Afro-Caribbean illustrates how the improvement of the working classes in the Caribbean spread across the world and was impacted by a transnational exchange of ideas and resources. The ideologies which were introduced by these leaders are noted as not being limited to one specific country, but rather part of a larger cultural movement in Pan-Africanism.

 

 

 

 

Armando Garcia book- Jose Marti and the Global Origins of Cuban Independence

Armando Garcia, PhD

José Martí and the Global Origins of Cuban Independence

The University of the West Indies Press, November 2015.

A nationalist campaigner, civil rights advocate, diplomat, lecturer and orator, journalist, poet, author of children’s stories, visionary champion of anti-colonial Latin American and Caribbean thought, all are expressions of José Martí’s (1853–95) extraordinary life in fighting for Cuba’s definitive independence. This work opens a new path in studies of Martí's efforts to build a modern democratic Cuba by widening the lens under which the Cuban hero has been examined. In joining these different facets of Martí and by going beyond the national and hemispheric, García de la Torre introduces the largely ignored global influences and dimensions that marked the revolutionary’s work and ideas.

 

 

 

 

J. Teelucksingh book2

Jerome Teelucksingh, PhD

Labour and the Decolonisation Struggle in Trinidad and Tobago

Palgrave Macmillan; 2015 edition (November 18, 2014)

This book provides evidence that Labour in Trinidad and Tobago played a vital role in undermining British colonialism and advocating for federation and self-government. Furthermore, there is emphasis on the pioneering efforts of the Labour movement in party politics, social justice, and working class solidarity.

 

 

 

C. Fergus book

Claudius K. Fergus, PhD

Revolutionary Emancipation Slavery and Abolitionism in the British West Indies

Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2013.

Skillfully weaving an African worldview into the conventional historiography of British abolitionism, Claudius K. Fergus presents new insights into one of the most intriguing and momentous episodes of Atlantic history. In Revolutionary Emancipation, Fergus argues that the 1760 rebellion in Jamaica, Tacky’s War—the largest and most destructive rebellion of enslaved peoples in the Americas prior to the Haitian Revolution—provided the rationale for abolition and reform of the colonial system. Fergus shows that following Tacky’s War, British colonies in the West Indies sought political preservation under state-regulated amelioration of slavery. He further contends that abolitionists’ successes—from partial to general prohibition of the slave trade—hinged more on the economic benefits of creolizing slave labor and the costs of preserving the colonies from destructive emancipation rebellions than on a conviction of justice and humanity for Africans.In the end, Fergus maintains, slaves’ commitment to revolutionary emancipation kept colonial focus on reforming the slave system. His study carefully dissects new evidence and reinterprets previously held beliefs, offering historians the most compelling arguments for African agency in abolitionism.

 

 

 

 

Sherry-Ann Book

Sherry-Ann Singh, PhD

The Ramayana Tradition and Socio-Religious Change in Trinidad 1917-1990

Kingston and Miami: Ian Randle Publishers (2012)

Hinduism is the second largest socio-religious denomination in Trinidad and Tobago, yet much of the fundamental dimensions of Trinidad Hinduism remain undocumented and a virtual enigma for most of the non-Hindu population. In The Ramayana Tradition and Socio-Religious Change in Trinidad, 1917 1990, Sherry-Ann Singh, demystifies Hindu thought and practice in Trinidad and charts the evolution of a significant section of the Indian diaspora. Using the Ramayana, one of the two great epics of India, and the most popular Hindu religious text in Trinidad, Singh deconstructs the major misconceptions surrounding Trinidad Hinduism. Rather than examining Hinduism in Trinidad as a secondary dimension of the Indian experience, Singh employs an insider s view to unmask the socio-religious transformation of the Hindu community. The result is a pioneering exposition of the dimensions of the Ramayana tradition in Trinidad and a charting of the journey of the Hindu community from the bottom of the socio-economic ladder in 1917 at the end of Indian indentured immigration to one that was essentially integrated into the social, political and economic life of Trinidad by 1990.

 

 

A. Garcia book

Francisco Morales Padrón

Armando Garcia de la Torre, PhD, edited and translated

Spanish Trinidad

Kingston and Miami: Ian Randle Publishers (2012)

Spanish Trinidad is the first ever history of the 300 year span of the Spanish period of Trinidad, written from a strictly Spanish perspective. From the encounter of Christopher Columbus with the first Trinidadian Amerindians during the summer of 1498, to the handover of the island to the British in 1797, Francisco Morales Padrón describes the complex process of the Spanish settlement of the island while searching for El Dorado, the progressive social and economic development of “La Trinidad de Barlovento” (as Trinidad was known until the late 18th century), the significance and relevance of the Caribbean Windward Islands in the Spanish geo-political strategy of its American provinces, and the key role played by Trinidad in the outcome of the European disputes in the West Atlantic after the French Revolution. This English translation of Padrón’s La Trinidad Española, originally published in 2011, illuminates the oft-forgotten years of the island’s life as part of Spain and complements the existing works by scholars and historians from Trinidad and Tobago and the wider English-speaking Caribbean. Padrón’s extensive research in Spanish archives and the presentation of original source documents shed light on the internal and foreign threats and challenges faced by Trinidad throughout the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. It uncovers and examines the policies and efforts that fuelled Trinidad’s economic and demographic transformation from a remote Caribbean outpost to a prized, and ultimately seized, possession of Spain. Comprehensive and expansive, Spanish Trinidad is rich study of the three centuries of Spanish presence in Trinidad and an invaluable contribution to the recorded history of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.

 

 

J. Campbell

John Campbell, PhD

Beyond Massa : Sugar Management in the British Caribbean, 1770-1834

Wellesley, M.A. : Calaloux Publications, 2012