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Post-colonial trajectories in the Caribbean: The three Guianas

Hoefte, Rosemarijn; Bishop, Matthew L.; Clegg, Peter


Rosemarijn Hoefte

Matthew L. Bishop

Peter Clegg
Head of Department of Health & Social Sciences and Associate Professor


This book compares and contrasts the contemporary development experience of neighbouring, geographically similar countries with an analogous history of exploitation but by three different European colonisers. Studying the so-called ‘Three Guianas’ (Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana) offers a unique opportunity to look for similarities and differences in their contemporary patterns of development, particularly as they grapple with new and complex shifts in the regional, hemispheric and global context. Shaped decisively by their respective historical experiences, Guyana, in tandem with the laissez-faire approach of Britain toward its Caribbean colonies, was decolonised relatively early, in 1966,and has maintained a significant degree of distance from London. The hold of The Hague over Suriname, however, endured well after independence in 1975. French Guiana, by contrast, was decolonised much sooner than both of its neighbours, in 1946, but this was through full integration, thus cementing its place within
the political economy and administrative structures of France itself. Traditionally isolated from the Caribbean, the wider Latin American continent and from each other, today, a range of similar issues – such as migration, resource extraction, infrastructure development, and energy security – are coming to bear on their societies and provoking deep and complex changes.


Hoefte, R., Bishop, M. L., & Clegg, P. (2016). Post-colonial trajectories in the Caribbean: The three Guianas. Routledge

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Nov 25, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
ISBN 9781472480453
Keywords post-colonial, trajectories, Caribbean, the three Guinas
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