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Chained in Paradise

How Britain used History to Change the Future

(A Caribbean Story)

Audra A. Diptée

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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