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Mexico and the Caribbean Under Castro's Eyes

A Journal of Decolonization, State Formation and Democratization


  • Addresses crucial issues of the 1960s and 1970s – decolonization, the quest for democracy, styles of economic development, and issues of race, colour, class and culture

  • Draws from the author's journals and letters, as well as interviews, during his research in Mexico and the Caribbean

  • Includes research and notes on the author's experiences in Jamaica, Trinidad; Haiti, Guyana, Cuba, and Mexico, among other countries


Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Colin Clarke
    Pages 1-43
  3. Colin Clarke
    Pages 45-82
  4. Colin Clarke
    Pages 83-141
  5. Colin Clarke
    Pages 143-182
  6. Colin Clarke
    Pages 183-232
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 233-261

About this book


This book provides a first-hand account of the author’s encounters as a social geographer, based on his field research and travels in Mexico and the Caribbean. The interlocutors of different classes and races introduce the reader to a variety of urban and rural communities, many of them involved in development projects. Two leitmotifs of the 1960s and 1970s recur throughout the volume: decolonization, state formation, and the quest for democracy in the post-colonial societies of Mexico and the Caribbean; and the conditions which were likely to constrain or challenge these developments, quintessentially associated with the 1959 Cuban revolution, the cold war and student radicalism.

Colin Clarke is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, UK.


Black Power Caribbean Mexico Decolonization Student Radicalism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Geography and the EnvironmentUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Colin Clarke is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, UK.

Bibliographic information


“Gathered with meticulous discipline and reflexive contemporary commentary, Professor Clarke provides us with a retrospective glance—rather like peeping over his shoulder as he wrote his journals in the 1960s and 1970s—and offers reflections on Mexican and Caribbean society and social change during the heyday of the Castro post- revolutionary years. His edited journals provide a broad-brush and socio-politically nuanced account of the development challenges of that era, together with intimate insights into the drama of emerging political, class and ethnic struggles unfolding under Castro’s eyes.” (Peter M. Ward, C. B Smith Sr. #1 Centennial Chair in US-Mexico Relations, University of Texas at Austin, USA)

“This is a fascinating and unusual treatment of this crucial period dealing with the impact of Castro and the Cuban Revolution across the Caribbean region and in Mexico. Clarke does very well in providing a flavour of the period—and of the places he visited and worked on—and the important issues of the day.” (Gad Heuman, Emeritus Professor, University of Warwick, UK)

“This book by Colin Clarke provides an in-depth view of Mexico and the Caribbean by a perceptive field observer during a period of post-colonial upheaval influenced by Marxism, Black Power and student riots. Oxfam’s early work in Haiti and changing race relations in Trinidad are highlighted. The volume offers a valuable baseline for understanding current environmental and political problems.” (Janet Momsen, Emerita Professor of Geography, University of California, Davis, USA)