The University of the West Indies Press
Edward Seaga and the Challenges of Modern Jamaica
Patrick E Bryan
Edward Seaga and the Challenges of Modern Jamaica
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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.

1. Precedents: Jamaica, 1891–1930
2. Towards a New Jamaican Political System
3. The Years 1944 to 1959
4. Entry into Politics, 1959–1962
5. Edward Seaga and the British West Indian Federation
6. Preparing for Independence
7. The Jamaica Labour Party Administration of 1962–1972
8. Edward Seaga: Minister of Development and Welfare
9. Nationalism: Culture and Integration
10. Community Development: The Case of Tivoli Gardens
11. The Seaga Succession
12. Edward Seaga and the Michael Manley Regime, 1972–1980
13. Prime Minister Edward Seaga: Euphoria
14. Years of Optimism, 1980–1983
15. Structural Adjustment
16. Seaga and the Grenada Invasion
17. Years of Crisis, 1983–1986
18. Recovery and Defeat, 1987–1989
19. Seaga in Opposition, 1989–2005
20. Farewell to Politics
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Selected Bibliography
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