American sugar kingdom the plantation economy of the spanish caribbean 1898 1934 cesar j ayala on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers engaging conventional arguments that the persistence of plantations is the cause of economic underdevelopment in the caribbean. American sugar kingdom the plantation economy of the spanish caribbean 1898 1934 by cesar j ayala chapel hill university of north carolina press 1999 321pp 4995 cloth 1995 paper in these days of increased perhaps excessive scholarly specialization fields of knowledge such as caribbean history can benefit from broader synthesizing studies that employ regional and . Cesar ayala analyzes and compares the explosive growth of sugar production in the three nations following the war of 1898 when the us acquired cuba and puerto rico to show how closely the development of the spanish caribbeans modern economic and social class systems is linked to the history of the us sugar industry during its greatest . Engaging conventional arguments that the persistence of plantations is the cause of economic underdevelopment in the caribbean this book focuses on the discontinuities in the development of plantation economies in cuba puerto rico and the dominican republic in the early twentieth century cesar . This book is a study of the plantation economy of the spanish caribbean between the spanish american war of 1898 and the crisis that shook the foundations of the sugar industry of cuba puerto rico and the dominican republic in 1933 34 the colonial transfer of the islands of cuba
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