Edward Seaga and the Challenges of Modern Jamaica

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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.

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Patrick E. Bryan is the Douglas Hall Professor of History, University of the West Indies, Jamaica. His publications include The Haitian Revolution and Its Effects; Philanthropy and Social Welfare in Jamaica; The Jamaican People, 1880-1902; Jamaica: The Aviation Story; The Legacy of a Goldsmith: A History of Wolmer's Schools; Inside Out and Outside In: Factors in the Creation of Contemporary Jamaica. He is also the co-editor (with Rupert Lewis) of Marcus Garvey: His Work and Impact and (with Karl Watson) of Not for Wages: Eyewitness Summaries of the 1938 Labour Rebellion in Jamaica.

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"This is a scholarly and well-written study of Edward Seaga and manages to capture the tremendously complex nature of his personality as it critically explores his remarkable contribution to modern Jamaica. There is, perhaps, no other politician surrounded by as many myths, half-truths and falsehoods in Jamaican politics as Edward Seaga. Bryan carefully unearths the records to remind us collectively of Seaga's enormous contribution in shaping contemporary Jamaica in so many spheres: culture, finance, tourism, education and community building.... It reflects the craft of a mature historian at the height of his powers providing new and nuanced insights into the life of one of the most important and enigmatic characters in modern Jamaican politics." - Brian Meeks, Professor of Social and Political Change and Director of the Centre for Caribbean Thought, University of the West Indies, Jamaica"

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