Colonialism and Resistance in Belize: Essays in Historical Sociology


The social history of Belize is marked by conflict between British settlers and the Maya, between masters and slaves, between capitalists and workers, and between the colonial administration and the Belizean people. Belize shares many features with other parts of the Caribbean Central America, including a long history of colonialism and slavery, a dependent economy in which the ownership of land is highly concentrated and the population is largely poor. In this collection of essays, Boland analyses the most important topics during three centuries of colonialism. Part 1 examines the early British settlement, the nature of slavery in Belize and the development of Creole culture in the nineteenth century. Part 2 analyses the relations of between the Maya and the British in the nineteenth century. Part 3 considers systems of labour control after emancipation and discusses the origins of modern politics in the labour movement of the 1930s and 1940s. Part 4 considers the complex issues of ethnicity and politics in the contemporary arena.

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