The Anglophone Caribbean : whither unity.

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Caspersen School of Graduate Studies

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Doctor of Letters


The objective of this study is the Anglophone Caribbean which consists of several island nations/ countries. Some of these nations/ countries were part of the West Indies Federation. They share a heritage of language, culture, history, education, geography and folk traditions while at the same time, as self-governing nations, they each pursue their own political agendas with respect to each one's individual needs and aspirations. This study will examine the establishment, contributions and impact of several institutions and movements that were all directed toward Caribbean political unification. Examples will include The University of the West Indies, the Caribbean Examination Council and the West Indies Cricket Team along with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Such examples will support the position that while the Caribbean nationals, politicians and government leaders were prepared to enter limited common functional arrangements, they were very wary of political union. Toward this end, the contention will be made that political unification among the Anglophone Caribbean countries must be based on a shared culture with special focus on political education.