Edward Seaga and the Challenges of Modern Jamaica
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Edward Seaga and the Challenges of Modern Jamaica

By Patrick E Bryan
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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • 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
  • Notes
    • Abbreviations
    • Introduction
    • 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
  • Index
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