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Politics in a Half-made Society: Trinidad and Tobago, 1925-2002
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Politics in a Half-made Society: Trinidad and Tobago, 1925-2002 (Paperback)

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This book tells the story of twentieth-century politics in Trinidad and Tobago, a multiracial Caribbean state located on two small islands. The enquiry begins in 1925 with the then Colony's first elections for seats in the Legislative Council. It ends in 2001, almost forty years after independence, with the two major parties in a historical dead-lock for which formal arrangements did not cater. The title derives from the Trinidad-born Sir Vidia Naipaul's characterization of Trinidad and Tobago as a ""half-made society."" This seemingly harsh and dismissive term is intended to point out that Trinidad and Tobago, founded in the late 18th century, is a society still in formation, without a firm base (intellectual, cultural, political, military, or economic), and in which solidity remains elusive, despite its successes. The bulk of the book is concerned with the actual development of politics in such a circumstance.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the Americas Publisher: Markus Wiener Publishing Inc Publication Date: 30/06/2003 ISBN-13: 9781558763074  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Kirk Meighoo, Trinidad and Tobago Institute of the West Indies, is editor of the Trinidad and Tobago Review.

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