Empire s Crossroads

In Empire’s Crossroads, British American historian Carrie Gibson offers a panoramic view of the region from the northern rim of South America up to Cuba and its rich, important history.

Empire s Crossroads

Empire s Crossroads

A “wide-ranging, vivid” narrative history of one of the most coveted and complex regions of the world: the Caribbean (The Observer). Ever since Christopher Columbus stepped off the Santa Maria and announced that he had arrived in the Orient, the Caribbean has been a stage for projected fantasies and competition between world powers. In Empire’s Crossroads, British American historian Carrie Gibson offers a panoramic view of the region from the northern rim of South America up to Cuba and its rich, important history. After that fateful landing in 1492, the British, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, and even the Swedes, Scots, and Germans sought their fortunes in the islands for the next two centuries. These fraught years gave way to a booming age of sugar, horrendous slavery, and extravagant wealth, as well as the Haitian Revolution and the long struggles for independence that ushered in the modern era. Gibson tells not only of imperial expansion—European and American—but also of life as it is lived in the islands, from before Columbus through the tumultuous twentieth century. Told “in fluid, colorful prose peppered with telling anecdotes,” Empire’s Crossroads provides an essential account of five centuries of history (Foreign Affairs). “Judicious, readable and extremely well-informed . . . Too many people know the Caribbean only as a tourist destination; [Gibson] takes us, instead, into its fascinating, complex and often tragic past. No vacation there will ever feel quite the same again.” —Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars and King Leopold’s Ghost

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Empire's Crossroads
Language: en
Pages: 480
Authors: Carrie Gibson
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-11-11 - Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

A “wide-ranging, vivid” narrative history of one of the most coveted and complex regions of the world: the Caribbean (The Observer). Ever since Christopher Columbus stepped off the Santa Maria and announced that he had arrived in the Orient, the Caribbean has been a stage for projected fantasies and competition
Empire's Crossroads
Language: en
Pages: 480
Authors: Carrie Gibson
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-06-19 - Publisher: Pan Macmillan

In Empire's Crossroads, Carrie Gibson offers readers a vivid, authoritative and action-packed history of the Caribbean. For Gibson, everything was created in the West Indies: the Europe of today, its financial foundations built with sugar money: the factories and mills built as a result of the work of slaves thousands
At the Crossroads of Empires
Language: en
Pages: 310
Authors: Lecturer Department of Government Nara Dillon, Nara Dillon, Jean Chun Oi
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008 - Publisher:

Republican Shanghai was a heterogeneous city with no central institutions. Yet somehow it functioned coherently. What held the city together? The authors argue that networks of middlemen with boundless connections provided the glue.
Crossroads of Empire
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Ned C. Landsman
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-01-01 - Publisher: JHU Press

Ultimately, he argues, it was within the Middle Colonies that the question was first posed, What is the American?An insightful and valuable classroom synthesis of the scholarship of the Middle Colonies, Crossroads of Empire makes clear the vital role of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in establishing an American
Indians and Colonists at the Crossroads of Empire
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Timothy J. Shannon
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher: Cornell University Press

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