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Cold War in a Hot Zone: The United States Confronts Labor and Independence Struggles in the British West Indies
by Gerald C Horne
Temple University Press, 2007
Cloth: 978-1-59213-627-8 | Paper: 978-1-59213-628-5 | eISBN: 978-1-59213-629-2
Library of Congress Classification HD8242.H67 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 331.880972909171

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Beginning just before the start of World War II and ending during the Cold War, Gerald Horne's masterful examination of British Guiana and the British West Indies details the collapse of British colonial structures and the corresponding rise of U.S. regional influence. Horne reveals the realities of race and color in the Caribbean under colonial rule, while the colonizers-Britain, France, Germany, Japan, and the United States-battled each other for hegemony on the world stage.

Horne seamlessly weaves a variety of untapped archival sources-including personal correspondence and newspaper stories from three continents-with a wide range of scholarly publications, journals and memoirs to illustrate an important, yet underexamined, regional history in a global context. 

Highlighting the centrality of the "labor question" in relation to colonial rule, Cold War in a Hot Zone is a compelling exposé of the racial dimensions of U.S. foreign policy and anti-communist initiatives during WWII and the Cold War that followed.

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