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Empirical FuturesAnthropologists and Historians Engage the Work of Sidney W. Mintz$
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George Baca, Aisha Khan, and Stephan Palmie

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833452

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895344_baca

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Beyond Sugar Revolutions

Beyond Sugar Revolutions

The Spanish Caribbean in the Rethinking Centuries Seventeenth and Eighteenth

(p.58) Beyond Sugar Revolutions
Empirical Futures

Juan Giusti-Cordero

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Sidney Mintz, the rare Caribbean scholar who has studied the historical development of the Spanish Antilles while reflecting on their overall role in Caribbean social history. From a historical perspective uniquely grounded in ethnographic research in Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Haiti, Mintz underscored the common ecological and historical patterns of the Spanish Antilles and situated them in the general social history of the region. Mintz masterfully sketched out the “plantation-peasant relation” as a corrective to plantation-centered approaches to Caribbean history, resonating perhaps especially with Spanish Antillean history. Mintz also stressed throughout his work the impact of local histories and local ecologies on the social development of originally European and African populations.

Keywords:   Sidney Mintz, Caribbean scholar, Spanish Antilles, Caribbean social history, ethnographic research, plantation-peasant relation

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