Flaws in the jewel? The Grenada Revolution, 1979-1983
Pasley, Victoria Mary S.
Master of Arts
Through examining the political, economic, and social developments of the Grenada Revolution, it is possible to view the revolutionary period as part of a continuum of Grenada's history. In most areas the Peoples' Revolutionary Government was unable to break away from its inherited constraints. An examination of the political control of the revolution reveals the continuity of authoritarian tendencies in Grenadian political culture emanating from the colonial period, while the PRG was unable to break successfully the ties of its dependent economy. The revolution did initiate considerable improvements in social conditions in Grenada, and its attempts at popular democracy provide some useful lessons for future policy makers in the Caribbean. The rigid imposition of an imported ideology, however, not designed for Grenada's unique historical conditions, meant that the revolution failed to change the complex and constricting barriers of class, race, and gender.
Black history; Latin American history