The Caribbean basin has been the scene of international rivalries and conflict throughout the 20th century. This book provides coverage of the entire Caribbean region, including Central America and the Caribbean coast of northern South America, as well as an analysis of the role of international intervention. It includes discussion of the complex interaction among major world powers in the area, from the British, Dutch, French and Spanish clashes through the Latin American wars of independence to the emergence of the United States as a colonial power in the late 19th century. The book also surveys conflicts over colonial possessions, trade routes and Soviet-American confrontation in the Cold War years. This study integrates the recent political, economic and social history of the Caribbean basin with its military and diplomatic past. It charts this zone's emergence from colonialism during the course of the 20th century.
In this stimulating and up-to-date survey, Stephen J. Randall and Graeme S. Mount examine the history of the Caribbean Basin from the eighteenth century to the 1990s drawing on a wide variety of archival materials as well as an extensive bibliography of secondary sources. Conceding that this geopolitical region, which encompasses Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname, as well as the island nations and colonies, is characterized as much by diversity as by commonality, they brilliantly demonstrate that the social, economic, political, and diplomatic history of these varied states has been inextricably intertwined....Clearly and engagingly written, the