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‘In the Fires of Hope’ launched at The UWI

For Release Upon Receipt - February 8, 2017

St. Augustine

In the Fires of Hope Volume 2- Essays on the Modern History of Trinidad and Tobago 1962-2012’ was formally launched at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) on Friday 3 February. This book is the follow-up to Volume I - “In the Fires of Hope: Trinidad and Tobago at 50”, which was released last March by The UWI’s Department of History in collaboration with the National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago.

Stemming from the Independence Jubilee Conference which was jointly hosted by the Department of History and The National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago in September 2012, this work has collated twenty of the best papers authored by experts and fresh voices in the field of West Indian history. The book gives an extensive recap of Trinidad and Tobago’s history while exploring some of the country’s most significant periods. Such stages include post-emancipation (enslavement, colonial administration, Indian indentureship) and the internal and external developments of the early 20th century (resistance, foreign nationalism and religious incursions). These periods are seen to have grounded the independence experience. Dr. Eric Williams’s role in independence is also featured and the evolution of cultural expressions since 1962 (mas, calypso and literature). Adding to the novelty of the work is the fact that it examines areas that have been typically overlooked by other independence works such as health, the banking and credit union system, teacher education, migrant Trinidadian communities, security systems and crime in Trinidad and Tobago.

In expressing her pride in the publication, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education, Dr Heather Cateau noted “This book is much more than the result of a three day conference.  It was born out of a passionate love for this country and a burning desire to mark our 50th anniversary of independence in a significant way.”

‘In the Fires of Hope Volume 2- Essays on the Modern History of Trinidad and Tobago 1962-2012’ is available in The UWI Bookshop on Campus.



About The UWI


Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


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