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 ecomics, 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. Thoroughly updated to reflect recent events and trends, this new edition of Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean treats the full range of issues facing the region today.
Richard S. Hillman is professor emeritus of political science at St. John's Fisher College. His publications include Democracy for the Privileged: Crisis and Transition in Venezuela and Understanding Contemporary Latin America. Thomas J. D'Agostino is executive director of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Union College Partnership for Global Education. He is coauthor, with Richard S. Hillman, of Distant Neighbors in the Caribbean: The Dominican Republic and Jamaica in Comparative Perspective.