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Island People

Author : Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
ISBN : 9781782115601
Genre : History
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Clustered together in azure-blue waters are a collection of little islands whose culture, history and people have touched every corner of the world. From the moment Columbus gazed out at what he mistook for India, and wrote in his journal of 'the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen,' the Caribbean has been the subject of fantasies, myths and daydreams. It was claimed, and its societies were built to enrich old Europe, and much later its beaches were splashed across billboards advertising fizzy drinks, its towns and people pictured in holiday brochures. But these islands are so much more than gloss, white sand and palm trees, they form a region rich in colour, beauty and strength. Home of the Rastafarian faith, Che Guevara's stomping ground and birthplace of reggae, the Caribbean has produced some of the world's most famous artists, activists, writers, musicians and sportsmen - from Usain Bolt to Bob Marley and from Harry Belafonte to V. S. Naipaul. In the pages of Island People we hear the voices of the Caribbean people, explore their home and learn what it means to them, and to the world. In this fascinating and absorbing book, the product of almost a decade of travel and intense study, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro strips away the fantasy and myth to expose the real islands, and the real people, that make up the Caribbean.

Island People

Author : Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
ISBN : 9780385349772
Genre : Travel
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A masterwork of travel literature and of history: voyaging from Cuba to Jamaica, Puerto Rico to Trinidad, Haiti to Barbados, and islands in between, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of each society, its culture and politics, connecting this region’s common heritage to its fierce grip on the world’s imagination. From the moment Columbus gazed out from the Santa María's deck in 1492 at what he mistook for an island off Asia, the Caribbean has been subjected to the misunderstandings and fantasies of outsiders. Running roughshod over the place, they have viewed these islands and their inhabitants as exotic allure to be consumed or conquered. The Caribbean stood at the center of the transatlantic slave trade for more than three hundred years, with societies shaped by mass migrations and forced labor. But its people, scattered across a vast archipelago and separated by the languages of their colonizers, have nonetheless together helped make the modern world—its politics, religion, economics, music, and culture. Jelly-Schapiro gives a sweeping account of how these islands’ inhabitants have searched and fought for better lives. With wit and erudition, he chronicles this “place where globalization began,” and introduces us to its forty million people who continue to decisively shape our world. From the Hardcover edition.

Island People

Author : Coleman Dowell
ISBN : 0811206041
Genre : Fiction
File Size : 70. 20 MB
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Okinawa The History Of An Island People

Author : George H. Kerr
ISBN : 9781462901845
Genre : History
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"The first full–length monograph on the history of the Ryukyu Islands in any Western language…a standard work."—Pacific Affairs This book is the definitive work on Okinawan History and an important scholarly work in the fields of Japanese studies and Japanese history. Few people can point to Okinawa on a map, yet this tiny island sitting between China and Japan was and continues to be one of the most crucial Asian nerve centers in all U.S. strategic defense. Ninety percent of all U.S. military forces in Japan are located on Okinawa, one of the Ryukyu Islands, and it was through these troops that the martial art of karate was exported to the United States. In Okinawa: History of an Island People, noted Eastern affairs specialist George Kerr recounts the fascinating history of the island and its environs, from 1314 A.D. to the late twentieth century. The histories of Japan, Okinawa and the entire Pacific region are crucially intertwined so the study of this fascinating chain of islands is crucial to understanding all of East Asia.

The Island People

Author : Stanton A. Coblentz
ISBN : 1434451658
Genre : Fiction
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Of all the islands in the western sea, Xandu, land of the clear sky and dark green forests, was the most beautiful. There lived young Klantor, who love Lampra and fought to save her from the island's war-mongering elders, and then to save them all from destruction in the explosions of the volcanic mountains.

Talking Hawai I S Story

Author : Michi Kodama-Nishimoto
ISBN : 9780824833909
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The first major book in over a generation to present a rich sampling of the landmark work of Hawai'i's Center for Oral History, Talking Hawai'i's Story preserves Hawai'i's social and cultural history through the narratives of the people who lived it - co-workers, neighbors, family members, and friends. An introduction by Warren Nishimoto and Michi Kodama-Nishimoto provides historical context and information about the selection and collection methods. Interview subject photos and a guide for further reading are included as well.

The Hawaiians An Island People

Author : Helen Gay Pratt
ISBN : 9781462901968
Genre : History
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"The old life described in this book disappeared long ago, but something of its heritage has, in Hawaii, become the heritage of all who live there today." With these words from the introduction to The Hawaiians: An Island People, Helen Gay Pratt invites her readers to become acquainted with Hawaii's original inhabitants and their fascinating way of life. Beginning with a view of geographical setting and an account of arrival of the original Polynesian settlers, the author goes on to a more detailed study of life of the early Hawaiians: their occupations and crafts, their products, their homes, their customs, their sports and games, their poetry, and their legends. Not the least of the book's attractions is its intermingling of fact with examples of poetry and legend. "No one has ever known them," says the author. "No one has ever described the Hawaiian people themselves…The Hawaiian people did more than adapt themselves to a restricted natural environment. They knew and loved the beauty of their island home.”

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