The British West Indies

The British West Indies

The British West Indies

The British West Indies

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I have been obliged, as Henry James put it, "to keep my subject to a decent compactness", and I am only too conscious of "the absent values, the palpable voids, the missing links, the mocking shadows". Among those shadows is that of the future. I have said something of recent developments but I have refrained as far as I could from prophecy. The occasional mention of the Bahamas and, still more, of Bermuda in a book on the West Indies is obviously open to objection: they are dealt with in this volume of the series because it would be difficult to find another into which they could be more fittingly put. The same excuse is offered for the appendix on the Falkland Islands.

I cannot adequately express my thanks to Sir Reginald Coupland, the editor of this section for the encouragement he has given me and the patience he has exhibited. My other obligations, which I gratefully acknowledge, are to the Research Committee of King's College for its generous assistance in defraying expenses which distance from London made especially heavy; to the staffs of the libraries in which I have worked; to Miss Joyce Watson, Miss Joan Eltenton, and my wife, who have typed various chapters of my manuscript; and to the Clarendon Press for permission to quote rather extensively from Mr. T. S. Simey Welfare and Planning in the West Indies.

W. L. BURN.

Wolsingham.

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