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Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day$
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Eva Sansavior and Richard Scholar

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381519

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381519.001.0001

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(p.15) Introduction
Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day

Eva Sansavior

Richard Scholar

Liverpool University Press

This book explores various forms and conceptions of globalization in a range of Caribbean contexts since the first arrival of Europeans in the region in 1492. Drawing on a series of interconnected case studies, it challenges three assumptions that dominate thinking about the relations between globalization and the Caribbean, along with the commonplace narrative that connects them: that the Caribbean is merely subject to the effects of globalization; that this is a globalization made in the West; and that its imposition on the Caribbean has taken place in the last few decades. The book’s thesis is that the Caribbean may have shaped globalization just as globalization has shaped the Caribbean. The chapters discuss themes such as globality as a Caribbean alternative to Western political and economic globalization, ‘precocious modernity’ and environmental change in the early Caribbean, human servitude and slavery, and how literary form may have conditioned thinking about globalization in the Caribbean.

Keywords:   globalization, Caribbean, globality, precocious modernity, environmental change, human servitude, slavery, literary form

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