It’s long been recognised that World War 11 (1939-45) had a huge impact—economic, social and political—on all the West Indian territories. So I want to notice a new book which appeared late last year, World War 11 and the Caribbean, edited by my UWI colleagues Karen Eccles and Debbie McCollin. (Full disclosure: I contributed a brief foreword.)
The region’s wartime experiences are explored in this valuable collection of 14 essays by academic historians. Nine deal with the British Caribbean—four on T&T, two on Jamaica, one each on Antigua and St Lucia and one on public health in the sub-region.