Cover

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pp. c-c

Half-title

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pp. i-ii

Title

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pp. iii-iii

Copyright

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pp. iv-iv

Dedication

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pp. v-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-vii

List of Tables

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pp. viii-viii

List of Figures

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pp. ix-ix

Abbreviations

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pp. x-xii

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Preface

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pp. xiii-xvi

This book is about what could be called the heart of Caribbean politics. First, itseeks to address issues involving the impassioned and often unrequited commit-ments of dedicated individuals in the pursuit of noble political ideals, ideologiesand causes for which many among them seem prepared to give their lives.Secondly, it indicates the central significance, however controversial this might...

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1 Introduction: The Global Context

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pp. 1-17

Notwithstanding the significant contributions of the Caribbean Left to the levelof political development in the region, very little attempt has so far been made tosystematically chronicle and analyse their activities and struggle in this usuallyneglected part of the world.' That the Left have largely been overlooked inCaribbean Social Science is undoubtedly a reflection of their consistent margi-...

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2 Caribbean Conditions

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pp. 18-38

The Caribbean is a region full of contrasts. Here, visions of an erstwhile playgroundfor the very rich and affluent mingle with the rather uncomfortable realization thatthe region is typically backward, impoverished and politically unstable. Thecoexistence here of a complex variety of peoples makes the Caribbean both acolourful cultural amalgam of life, and a kind of hot bed for the dynamic interplay...

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3 Rise of the Organized Left

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pp. 39-61

In general, the rise of Leftist politics in the English-speaking Caribbean is rootedin the nature and impact of class politics as introduced by colonial capitalism.Thus, the development of Caribbean Leftist politics is essentially a response tothe problems intrinsic in the character of a dependent capitalist Caribbeaneconomy. At the same time, however, Caribbean Leftist forces have manifested...

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4 The Left Agenda

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pp. 62-85

The ultimate test of the significance of the Caribbean Left lies in their contributionto both theory and practice in the struggle for change. This contribution is reflectedin what could be generally conceived as the Left's political agenda which summa-rizes their programs, policies and practices. What, however, is perceived here tobe the Caribbean Left agenda represents a summation of the separate agendas of...

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5 The Quest for Power

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pp. 86-104

The adaptability of the Left within the Caribbean political process has always beenproblematic. Much of the problem resides in the limitations inherent in Westmin-ster-styled democracy as applied to a relatively unstable Caribbean politicalmilieu. This chapter focuses on the methods used by the Caribbean Left forgaining political power within the parameters of the Westminster democratic...

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6 Leadership-Mass Contradictions

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pp. 105-128

This chapter is concerned with the problematic of middle class leadership of theLeft and working class movements in dependent capitalist countries with specificreference to the Caribbean context. The major issue here resides in the extent towhich middle class control becomes a negative factor in the efforts of the Lefttowards successful mobilization of the masses and working classes, and eventual...

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7 Destabilization and Disintegration

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pp. 129-146

When in his last moments facing a firing squad, Maurice Bishop cried "my Godthey have turned their guns against the people," his remarks symbolized the vastdistance the vanguard leadership elite had traveled away from the Caribbeanmasses. The fact also that on that fateful October day in 1983 many from theGrenadian masses were killed along with Bishop and his Cabinet colleagues by...

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8 Ideological Impact

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pp. 147-164

The development of left-wing politics in the Caribbean, as elsewhere, hinged mostsignificantly on the role of ideology in the process of change. The Caribbeanexperience in this respect raises crucial issues having both theoretical andpractical implications. Among the most pertinent issues are.- (a) the sources ofideological differences and how they relate to the classification of different...

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9 Conclusion: The Future of Left Wing Politics

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pp. 165-176

The Caribbean Left, notwithstanding their nearly half-a-century of active politicalexistence, are today waging a desperate struggle for survival as a significantpolitical force in the region. Yet, despite their fluctuating historical fortunes, theyhave been able to make some indelible impact on Caribbean politics, particularlywith respect to the infinite struggle towards increasing democratization of the...

Notes

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pp. 177-198

Bibliography

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pp. 199-208

Index

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pp. 209-230

Backcover

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pp. bc-bc