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  • By Peter Hitchen
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Education and multi cultural cohesion in the Caribbean: the case of Belize 1931 - 1981" Dr. Peter Hitchen’s Education and Multi-Culturial Cohesion in the Caribbean: The Case of Belize, 1931-1981 presents an interesting perspective on the history of Belize and its peoples. To better understand the significance of this thesis I did a search on Amazon for other history books on the subject of the Caribbean and in particular Belize. Needless to say I found little that the public can easily obtain and I found this a bit disturbing. Every person, in every country, has the right to have their history recorded and easily accessible, especially in this day and age with the power of the Internet available to nearly everyone. Taking this into account the information presented in Dr. Hitchen’s book is invaluable to anyone researching the history of the Caribbean or in particular Belize. In fact, there is so much information presented that this reviewer found it hard to digest it all... More > (the book is 458 pages). Education and Multi-Culturial Cohesion in the Caribbean begins by referencing events between 1838 -1931 to help build historical context for the events following 1931. Thereafter the era between 1931 and 1981 is focused on, bringing into forefront the effects of the lacking education system, conflict between church and state, the impact of “The Great Hurricane” of 1931, and finally the independence of Belize. What I found most interesting is the inclusion of excerpts from actual interviews Dr. Hitchen has conducted with citizens of Belize. This adds a touch of humanity beyond the typical historical book and helps to bring to life the history of Belize. However, it is important to note that the level of writing demands a good vocabulary, Dr. Hitchen has included a glossary for the more obscure terms, and the complexity of the writing demands patience in sifting through the wealth of information presented. And I do believe this thesis is best suited to the college and graduate level student. But don’t let this stop you from exploring the book if you have an interest in Belize, just be aware that you are purchasing a doctoral thesis and not a high school history book. With the wealth of information contained in this thesis, the quality of writing, and presentation this reviewer has given the book five stars in nearly every category. If you have an interest in the history of the Caribbean or Belize then this book is well worth the investment. Notes: This is a thesis and therefor is formatted as such (double spaced). The only problem I found is that the author’s name and book title are too close to the main body of text and interferes with the reading of the body’s first line. Gloomwing Review by DWH Please refer to the URL below for the original transcript of this reveiew.< Less
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February 6, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.66 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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