The Caribbean is, Jelly-Schapiro contends, at the centre of modernity—not the peripheryby Yohann Koshy / March 15, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in April 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Island People: The Caribbean and the World, by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro (Canongate, £22)
As Joshua Jelly-Schapiro writes in the introduction to Island People, the Caribbean underwent a unique historical formation. Populated with six million African slaves (compared to 400,000 in the United States) and developed “for the express purpose of providing sugar for distant tables,” it is a place where globalisation and mass migration—those modern neuroses of the west—have been facts of life since the 16th century.