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Sweetening Bitter Sugar: Jock Campbell The Booker Reformer In British Guiana

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This book is about Jock Campbell's role in the shaping of British Guiana (Guyana) towards the end of Empire. Campbell, the head of the Booker Company which owned most of the sugar plantations in colonial Guyana was a reformer whose Fabian social beliefs drove him to secure major benefits for sugar workers in the 1950s and 1960s.
Clem Seecharan explores the fascinating interplay between Campbell's programme of reforms and the doctrinaire Marxism of Guyana's charismatic politician, Cheddi Jagan. Fed by his notion of 'bitter sugar' and an unrelenting hostility to Booker, Jagan exploited the loyalty of Indian sugar workers to foment instability on the plantations and thus undermined Campbell's mission to alleviate the colony's bitter plantation legacy.
Seecharan provides a rigorous analysis of Campbell - a complex, progressive contradictory and passionate man - and his work in turbulent British Guiana, marked by nationalist stirrings, mobilisation for decolonisation, the fragmenting of Jagan's nationalist coalition and descent into racial hatred and violence. This is deftly handled in the context of the rise of Fidel Castro and Kennedy's Cold War obsessions.

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Author(s):
Seecharan, Clem
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Used: very good
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Paperback
ISBN-10:
9766371938
ISBN-13:
9789766371937
Publisher:
Ian Randle

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This book is about Jock Campbell's role in the shaping of British Guiana (Guyana) towards the end of Empire. Campbell, the head of the Booker Company which owned most of the sugar plantations in colonial Guyana was a reformer whose Fabian social beliefs drove him to secure major benefits for sugar workers in the 1950s and 1960s.
Clem Seecharan explores the fascinating interplay between Campbell's programme of reforms and the doctrinaire Marxism of Guyana's charismatic politician, Cheddi Jagan. Fed by his notion of 'bitter sugar' and an unrelenting hostility to Booker, Jagan exploited the loyalty of Indian sugar workers to foment instability on the plantations and thus undermined Campbell's mission to alleviate the colony's bitter plantation legacy.
Seecharan provides a rigorous analysis of Campbell - a complex, progressive contradictory and passionate man - and his work in turbulent British Guiana, marked by nationalist stirrings, mobilisation for decolonisation, the fragmenting of Jagan's nationalist coalition and descent into racial hatred and violence. This is deftly handled in the context of the rise of Fidel Castro and Kennedy's Cold War obsessions.

Author(s):
Seecharan, Clem
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
9766371938
ISBN-13:
9789766371937
Publisher:
Ian Randle

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