Level: 2

Semester: 2

Prerequisite: None

(Compulsory for History Majors, Minors and Teachers)


Course Description:

This course surveys the Caribbean in the changing environments of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and introduces the twenty first century. The course therefore examines the transition from the colonial West Indies to the modern West Indies.  The areas examined include: British, French and Spanish Emancipation, Post Emancipation Adjustments, Foreign Intervention, Resistance and Revolution, the French Overseas Departments, Constitutional Reform and Independence in the British West Indies, Cuban Independence, Economic Development in the 20th Century, the Rise of Caribbean Leaders/Personalities, and Caribbean Integration. It ends with “Re-thinking” the Caribbean in the 21st Century. Particular emphasis is placed on continuities and changes during this period.


Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1.Identify the processes and effects of emancipation on the British, Spanish and French territories

2.Explain the growth of the peasantry and other economic activity in the region

3. Identify the early independent nations in the region and analytically explain their role in the independent process for the nations that followed

4. Comparatively analyze the political developments in the British and French territories

5.Identify and explain the societal issues that developed during and prior to the 1930s

6.Identify the different forms of cultural resistance

7. Explain the reasons for the development of trade unions in the region

8. Identify the growth of leftist politics in the region and explain its role in revolutions

9. Recognize the political and intellectual leaders that influenced Caribbean development

10.Explain the different attempts made at Caribbean integration and measure the success or failures of these attempts

11.Re-examine the Caribbean in the 21st century



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