It is a commonplace observation that history is rewritten in the light of present concerns. A principal objective of this chapter, therefore, will be to examine the context in which history-writing has been produced, more particularly the factors which have shaped the selection and treatment of themes and informed interpretation. Distinct phases in history-writing on Jamaica are identified for the purpose of analysing the shifting interpretations, foci of interests, methodologies and source materials used by the practitioners of history. These divisions are artificially imposed and the phases of history-writing identified are not necessarily discrete.
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