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Edward Seaga and the Challenges of Modern Jamaica
by Patrick E. Bryan

    Publication Date: Nov 01, 2009
    List Price: $60.00
    Format: Hardcover, 376 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9789766402228
    Imprint: University of the West Indies Press
    Publisher: University of the West Indies Press
    Parent Company: University of the West Indies Press
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    This is the first scholarly biography of Edward Philip George Seaga, retired prime minister of Jamaica (1980-1989) and former leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (1974-2005). Patrick Bryan examines Seaga in light of the twentieth-century history of Jamaica, which experienced the challenges of race, colour, economic dependence, the transition from the British colonial period to independence in 1962, and the challenges of creating a Jamaican national state and separate cultural identity. Although the study focuses on Edward Seaga, the historical forces that shaped Jamaica’s history are central, in particular the way in which he confronted these forces. In placing Seaga in historical perspective, this work strikes a seasoned and balanced analysis of the man and is neither an apologia nor iconoclastic. Based on a variety of primary sources, government records, interviews and secondary sources, the author paints a compelling portrait of a complex man, a contradictory mixture of idealism and pragmatism, but, above all, a Jamaican nationalist who had a profound impact on Jamaican politics, tourism, culture and finance.



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