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School of History

HST6377 – The Modern Caribbean: Migration, Radicalism and Revolt

Module code: HST6377

Semester: SEM 1

Module Convenor: Dr Leslie James

The legacy of slavery permeated Caribbean social, political, and economic culture throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial rule practiced forms of indentured labour, monoculture economies, patterns of internal and external migration, and struggled with waves of riot and revolt. At the same time, colonial education produced a literate population who began to explain their place in the modern world as both within and outside Europe. Through weekly study of Caribbean intellectual writings, poems, manifestos, travel essays and music, students will engage with arguments by Caribbean peoples that the Caribbean represents a unique microcosm of modern history. This is a QMUL Model module in which students will gain familiarity with ideas about the development of global capitalism, racism, and imperialism. We will assess the limitations of the modern world by approaching 'modernity' from an alternate vantage point: the Caribbean. Students compare and contrast Caribbean intellectual arguments with the European ideas which these arguments are challenging.

Assessment: Annotated Bibliography [10%], Source Analysis (1,000 words) [25%] and Essay (2,500 words) [65%]
Level: 6