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Perspectives on the Grenada Revolution, 1979-1983

Editor(s): Nicole Phillip-Dowe, John Angus Martin
Contributors: Marie Benjamin, Suelin Low Chew Tung, Shalini Puri, John Angus Martin, Nicole Phillip-Dowe, Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe,

Book Description

The 1979 Grenada Revolution, orchestrated by the New Jewel Movement, culminated four-and-a-half years later in the execution of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and the US-led military invasion which threw Grenada onto the international political stage. Though much has been written on the Revolution and its untimely and violent demise, the overwhelming majority of the authors have been non-Grenadian. All the contributors to this volume, except one, are Grenadian. In this regard, it is unique, and captures the voices of persons who were active participants, children, teenagers, young adults, and some yet unborn in the 1979 to 1983 period, illustrative of the continued influence of the Revolution on Grenadians. The essays examine the legality of the Revolution, the historical connections between it and the 1795 Fédon’s Rebellion, the nation’s collective memory of the Revolution by its second generation, the conflict between religion and the Revolution, the empowerment of women by the revolutionary process, and the role of poetry and art in raising salient and often difficult and painful aspects of the Revolution. This collection of essays captures the Revolution from a Grenadian perspective.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5178-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5178-7
Date of Publication: 01/04/2017
Pages / Size: 199 / A5
Price: £58.99


Nicole Phillip-Dowe is Head of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Open Campus, Grenada, and formerly Dean of the School of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies at TA Marryshow Community College, Grenada. She is the author of Women in Grenadian History, 1783–1983, which won the 2013 UWI Press Best-Selling Scholarly Monograph award. Her articles have been published in scholarly journals and monographs. She holds a PhD in History from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad.

John Angus Martin is an historian, archivist and researcher, currently pursuing a PhD in Heritage Management at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He holds Master’s degrees in History and Agricultural and Applied Economics from Clemson University, USA. He is the author of A–Z of Grenada Heritage, and Island Caribs and French Settlers in Grenada, 1498–1763. He also co-authored The Temne Nation of Carriacou: Sierra Leone’s Lost Family in the Caribbean.