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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 61–68.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Raphael Dalleo Examining the West Indies Federation during the twentieth century against the backdrop of the US occupation of Haiti from 1915 to 1934 shows the complex roots of decolonization and helps us understand the occupation as a foundational event for the twentieth-century Caribbean...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 87–95.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Glyne Griffith This essay argues that the short-lived West Indies Federation (1958–62) was not only undermined by the failure of the regional intelligentsia to comprehensively communicate a narrative of regionalism to the majority of the archipelago’s peoples but also further compromised by the BBC...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 37–43.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel; Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann This essay introduces the special section “Con-Federating the Archipelago: The Confederación Antillana and the West Indies Federation,” which interrogates the literary, intellectual, social, and political imaginaries fomented...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 69–77.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann The West Indies Federation, like the Confederación Antillana from the nineteenth century, was structured by a tension between the dream of a future Pan-Caribbean nation and the prospect of a sovereign archipelagic political body that would exceed the scope of the nation...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 96–102.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Jossianna Arroyo This response essay reviews the six contributions to the special section “Con-Federating the Archipelago: The Confederación Antillana and the West Indies Federation.” These key interventions on the Spanish Caribbean Confederation projects in the nineteenth century and the West...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 78–86.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Alison Donnell This essay explores the particular importance conferred on literary expression within a wide range of writings dedicated to understanding and responding to the project of the West Indies Federation. Although federation was conceived, and briefly achieved, as a political expression...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 65–79.
Published: 01 November 2016
... and sovereignty resonating in the entire Caribbean. 19 From a comparative Caribbean studies perspective, the Caribbean confederation should be studied in dialogue with the West Indies federation, which took shape in the Anglo Caribbean between 1958 and 1962. I am currently working on a study of these two...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 53–64.
Published: 01 November 2020
... within the trade union movement and, eventually, for the establishment in 1964 of the Trade Union Education Institute (TUEI) at the University of the West Indies, Mona. The TUEI was financed by the American Institute for Free Labor Development—the CIA-supported, USAID-funded anticommunist “education” arm...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 167–177.
Published: 01 November 2019
... to overcome both domination and abandonment. In light of this doubled task, we might read Williams’s commitment to the West Indies Federation, his ongoing preoccupation with federal forms after 1962, and his career-long interest in writing the history of the Caribbean as efforts to put together the West...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 18–34.
Published: 01 July 2018
... was preoccupied with the mode of governance that the proposed West Indies Federation would bring into existence. From his perspective, there were two main issues: the nature of the Caribbean state after independence and, tightly bound up with this question, the Caribbean’s availability to totalitarian rule. Most...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 90–106.
Published: 01 November 2014
... that I will study here was written not for St. Lucia but for the West Indies Federation—which prefaced independence for any of the now separate countries of the British West Indies—and also draws inspiration from countries that were not included, namely, Guyana and Haiti. Monchoachi, in contrast, writes...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): vii–xiv.
Published: 01 March 2009
... Quarterly was that of the final winding down of British colonialism in the region, the collapse of the short-lived West Indies Federation, 2 See Edward W. Said, Beginnings: Intention and Method (1975; repr., New York: Columbia University Press, 1985). 3 Ibid., 39. 4 Ibid...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 160–165.
Published: 01 November 2021
... “Con-Federating the Archipelago: The Confederación Antillana and the West Indies Federation” was guest-edited by Yolanda Martínez–San Miguel and Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann; see Small Axe , no. 61 (March 2020): 37–102. For other critical explorations of the Caribbean imaginaries of federation, see...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 98–110.
Published: 01 November 2017
... by such matters as the impact of slavery and British colonialism in the island; the causes of Caribbean economic dependency and coloniality; the collapse of the West Indies Federation; the meaning of the Cuban Revolution; and the significance of the Cold War and American hegemony in the region and the world...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 44–52.
Published: 01 March 2020
..., including the West Indies federational project, as a way of building new “sovereignties” in the region. 28 Betances’s emphasis on the articulation of regional affinities allows us to rethink the genealogy of decolonization as it intersects with other overlapping genealogies, including the ideals...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 149–159.
Published: 01 June 2008
... Republic; and in the early Antillean Federation; as well as on the British Caribbean colonies; later the newly independent countries in the West Indies Federation; the French Caribbean islands Martinique and Guadeloupe, still under France’s administrative, political, and economic...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 29–55.
Published: 01 July 2015
... off its collar after a long and slightly caddish dalliance of its own—with the West Indies. As historian Robin Winks tells it, on several occasions between about 1880 and 1920, prominent business and political figures in Canada led movements for federation or even outright “union” with the British...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 77–96.
Published: 01 March 2019
... in the Parliament of the defunct West Indies Federation. Robinson served on the executive of the PNP and was the attorney general when the PNP won in 1972. During the election campaign in July 1959, Leacroft Robinson wrote a poem called ‘The JLP [Jamaica Labour Party] Lie Factory,’ which was published...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 65–80.
Published: 01 November 2020
....” 70 Given the masculinist orientation of the nationalist project, these women’s contributions became more legible through the interpretation of male thought leaders such as Rex Nettleford, who, in the 1960s, when he was in the Extra-Mural Department of the University of the West Indies, “introduced...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 24–42.
Published: 01 July 2011
... member of the International African Service Bureau. Finally, this essay stresses how the Caribbean labour rebellions themselves, with their demonstration of the “modernity” of the mass of working people in the West Indies and apparent vindication of the Marxist theory of permanent revolution, played...