The Grenada Revolution
Reflections and Lessons

Edited By Wendy C. Grenade

320 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 3 tables, bibliography, index

978-1-62846-151-0 Printed casebinding $65.00S

978-1-4968-0780-9 Paper $30.00S

Printed casebinding, $65.00

Paper, $30.00

A detailed examination of the broad implications of Marxist revolution, politics, and the eventual invasion of the island nation

Contributions by Horace G. Campbell, Ralph E. Gonsalves, Kari H. I. Grenade, Wendy C. Grenade, David Hinds, Curtis Jacobs, Tennyson S. D. Joseph, Patsy Lewis, Don Marshall, Brian Meeks, and Hilbourne A. Watson

Grenada experienced much turmoil in the 1970s and 1980s, culminating in an armed Marxist revolution, a bloody military coup, and finally in 1983 Operation Urgent Fury, a United States-led invasion. Wendy C. Grenade combines various perspectives to tell a Caribbean story about this revolution, weaving together historical accounts of slain Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, the New Jewel Leftist Movement, and contemporary analysis. There is much controversy: though the Organization of American States formally requested intervention from President Ronald Reagan, world media coverage was largely negative and skeptical, if not baffled, by the action, which resulted in a rapid defeat and the deposition of the Revolutionary Military Council.

By examining the possibilities and contradictions of the Grenada revolution, the contributors draw upon thirty years of hindsight to illuminate a crucial period of the Cold War. Beyond geopolitics, the book interrogates but transcends the nuances and peculiarities of Grenada's political history to situate this revolution in its larger Caribbean and global context. In doing so, contributors seek to unsettle old debates while providing fresh understandings about a critical period in the Caribbean's postcolonial experience. This collection throws into sharp focus the centrality of the Grenada revolution, offering a timely contribution to Caribbean scholarship and to wider understanding of politics in small developing, postcolonial societies.

Wendy C. Grenade, Grenada, West Indies, is a lecturer in political science, Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. She has authored several scholarly articles on politics in Grenada.

320 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 3 tables, bibliography, index