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The Cult of the Will

By: Besson
Edition: ---
Publisher: Paria Publishing Company Limited
ISBN: 9789768054821
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 285 pages
Dimensions: 178 x 254 mm
Country of Pub.: Trinidad and Tobago
Pub. Date: 12/08/2009

This study deals with the complex issues ofrace, history and politics in Caribbean society. In its first part, "Francois Besson", it examines the fortunes of a French creole family between the mid-18th and early 20th centuries, and describes their experiences against the backdrop of the social and political conflicts occasioned by the excesses of plantation slavery and the upheavals of the French revolution. It looks at Julien F`edon's revolution of 1795 in Grenada, examines the nature of the relationship between master and slave, the children of these unions, and the deadly divisions that were attimes engendered as a resultt of the custom of the placage (concubinage), causing 'victors' or 'victims' of "The Cult of the Will" to emerge; thus influencing at times the destiny of these islands. The second part of the book, "Eric Williams", studies the manner in which an historian-turned-politician, tragically afflicted by "The Cult of the Will" and perhaps convinced that history is destiny, used, in Trinidad and Tobago, the politics of inherited guilt and inherited victimhood to create scapegoats in an attempt to assuage his "Inward Hunger", while making clever use of 'Black Nationalism' that was becoming popular in the 1950's. 


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