Introduction: Mexico and the Caribbean

  • Colin Clarke
Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)


The Introduction sketched the relationship between the four journals kept during the period 1966 to 1978, and explained the leitmotifs of the book: decolonization, state formation, and the quest for democracy in the post-colonial societies of Mexico and the Caribbean; and the conditions that were likely to constrain or challenge these developments—Cuba, the cold war, and student radicalism. Despite their different topographies and histories, Mexico and the Caribbean have three features in common: (1) colonialism; (2) economic production based on the large landed estate; and (3) systems of forced labour affecting their non-white populations. These commonalities are enlarged upon while discussing the evolution of Mexico from colony to country, and the transformation of Caribbean slavery into systems of free labour and indenture prior to decolonization.


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  1. 1.School of Geography and the EnvironmentUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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