Decolonising the Caribbean

Dutch Policies in a Comparative Perspective

Gert Oostindie and Inge Klinkers

Decolonising the Caribbean
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Gert Oostindie and Inge Klinkers

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284 pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/2 | © 2004
Paper $44.95 ISBN: 9789053566541 Published March 2004 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Oostindie and Klinkers add depth to the study of post-World War II Caribbean decolonization with their comparative analysis of the former Dutch colonies of Surinam, the Netherlands Antilles, and Aruba. Their detailed analysis of Dutch decolonization policies of the 1940s cover such issues as the political processes of decolonization, development aid, the Dutch Caribbean exodus to the metropolis, and cultural antagonisms. Putting these issues within a larger context, the authors skillfully contrast the decolonization process of Dutch Caribbean states with the current policies pursued in the non-sovereign Caribbean by France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Table of Contents
1. The Comparative Context: Fragmentation of the British West Indies and the Remnants of Empire
2. The Comparative Context: The French [I]départements d’outre-mer, Grandeur[I] and [I]Civilisation[I] at a Price
3. The Comparative Context: Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Deadlocks in American Geopolitics
4. Dutch Rule in the Caribbean up until 1940: Careless Colonialism
5. The Dismantling of the Dutch Empire, 1940-1954
6. The Failed Attempt at Model Decolonisation, 1954-1975
7. The Perpetuation of the Transatlantic Kingdom since 1975
8. Illusions and Benefits of ‘Reciprocal Assistance': Development Aid
9. A Caribbean Exodus
10. Cultural Exchange, Proximity and Distance
11. Epilogue
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