Audra A. Diptée, Ph.D.

 author, historian & educator

Audra A. Diptée is an author, historian and educator.  She specializes in the history of colonialism and imperialism in the Caribbean and Africa.

She has held research and writing fellowships at the Bellagio Center in Italy (The Rockefeller Foundation)  and Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition.  She has also been awarded the post of Professeure Invitée at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 (l’IHEAL).

Her published work explores themes related to historical memory, critical applied history, slavery, colonialism, childhood, humanitarianism and development

She was born in Trinidad & Tobago.

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Chained in Paradise

How History was used to Change the Future

(A Caribbean Story)

In 2011, the British policy called Operation Legacy became public knowledge.  It was a covert and an elaborate policy implemented in at least 37 former British colonies between the 1950s and the 1970s.  Its objective was to destroy colonial documents, clandestinely remove others back to Britain, and to even alter some documents that were left behind in those colonies which were on the verge of attaining political independence. It also involved developing a parallel filing system so that the incoming political leadership remained unaware that any documents were missing.

This book looks at the impact of Operation Legacy in the Caribbean.  It argues that British efforts to control the ways in which history was written was, in fact, an attempt to control the Caribbean future …

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