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Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean, 2nd Edition

Richard S. Hillman and Thomas J. D’Agostino, editors
Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean, 2nd Edition
ISBN: 978-1-58826-663-7
ISBN: 978-1-62637-449-2
2009/429 pages/LC: 2009002532
Understanding: Introductions to the States and Regions of the Contemporary World
Includes photos

Praise for the 1st edition:

“Synthesizing, authoritative, and accessible.... an excellent introduction to the region for general readers and for college courses on the Caribbean.” —Choice

“A ‘must read’ for all who seek to move beyond the stereotype of the Caribbean.”—Clifford E. Griffin, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics

“[An] important contribution to the field of Caribbean studies.... striking in both its interdisciplinary reach and its successful attempt to do justice to the entire region.”—Brian Meeks, University of the West Indies 


Carefully designed to enhance readers’ comprehension of the diversity and complexities of the region, Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean ranges in coverage from history to politics and economics, from the environment to ethnicity, from religion to the Caribbean diaspora. Each topic is covered in an accessible style, but with reference to the latest scholarship. This new edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect recent events and trends.

Maps, photographs, and a table of basic political data enhance the text, which has made its place as the best available introduction to the region.


Richard S. Hillman is distinguished professor emeritus of political science at St. John Fisher College. His publications include Democracy for the Privileged: Crisis and Transition in Venezuela and Understanding Contemporary Latin America. Thomas D. D'Agostino is associate dean for global education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is coauthor, with Richard S. Hillman, of Distant Neighbors in the Caribbean: The Dominican Republic and Jamaica in Comparative Perspective.


  • Introduction—R.S. Hillman.
  • The Caribbean: A Geographic Preface—T.D. Boswell.
  • The Historical Context—S.J. Randall.
  • Caribbean Politics—T.J. D’Agostino.
  • The Economies of the Caribbean—D.A. Pantin and M. Attzs.
  • International Relations—J.A. Braveboy-Wagner.
  • The Environment and Ecology—D. McGregor.
  • Ethnicity, Race, Class, and Nationality—D. Baronov and K.A. Yelvington.
  • Women and Development—A.L. Bolles.
  • Religion in the Caribbean—L.G. Desmangles, S.D. Glazier, and J.M. Murphy.
  • Literature and Popular Culture—K. Meehan and P.B. Miller.
  • The Caribbean Diaspora—D. Conway.
  • Trends and Prospects—R.S. Hillman and A. Serbin.