Politics in a Half-made Society: Trinidad and Tobago, 1925-2002 (Paperback)Kirk Meighoo (author)
Paperback 292 Pages / Published: 30/06/2003
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This book tells the story of twentieth-century politics in Trinidad and Tobago, a multiracial Caribbean state located on two small islands. The enquiry begins in 1925 with the then Colony's first elections for seats in the Legislative Council. It ends in 2001, almost forty years after independence, with the two major parties in a historical dead-lock for which formal arrangements did not cater. The title derives from the Trinidad-born Sir Vidia Naipaul's characterization of Trinidad and Tobago as a ""half-made society."" This seemingly harsh and dismissive term is intended to point out that Trinidad and Tobago, founded in the late 18th century, is a society still in formation, without a firm base (intellectual, cultural, political, military, or economic), and in which solidity remains elusive, despite its successes. The bulk of the book is concerned with the actual development of politics in such a circumstance.
Publisher: Markus Wiener Publishing Inc
Number of pages: 292
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