The Economic History of Belize, from the 17 Century to Post-Independence
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Authors: Barbara Bulmer-Thomas and Victor Bulmer-Thomas; Number of pages 214; Size 6.5Óx 9Ó

It is common knowledge that the economy of Belize was dominated for centuries and until the middle of the 20th century by forest products, that it then became dependent on sugar and other farm produce, and that at the turn of the century and into the 21st, services, primarily tourism, became dominant.

This exceptionally important book not only gives us abundant details about the workings of each period, but it also presents convincing explanations about why things happened as they did; it helps us to understand the unfolding of the Belize economy over three and a half centuries, its intricate workings and its effects.

No other text has even attempted to do this. It does so with a rare authority and erudition, while at the same time making concepts comprehensible to the layperson who shies away from the sometimes unintelligible jargon of economists, incisively explaining the interlocking effects of economics, politics, society and culture. The authors firmly believe that a better future is possible for Belize and express the hope that this book will be seen as a contribution towards that important goal.

Authors: Barbara Bulmer-Thomas and Victor Bulmer-Thomas; Number of pages 214; Size 6.5Óx 9Ó

It is common knowledge that the economy of Belize was dominated for centuries and until the middle of the 20th century by forest products, that it then became dependent on sugar and other farm produce, and that at the turn of the century and into the 21st, services, primarily tourism, became dominant.

This exceptionally important book not only gives us abundant details about the workings of each period, but it also presents convincing explanations about why things happened as they did; it helps us to understand the unfolding of the Belize economy over three and a half centuries, its intricate workings and its effects.

No other text has even attempted to do this. It does so with a rare authority and erudition, while at the same time making concepts comprehensible to the layperson who shies away from the sometimes unintelligible jargon of economists, incisively explaining the interlocking effects of economics, politics, society and culture. The authors firmly believe that a better future is possible for Belize and express the hope that this book will be seen as a contribution towards that important goal.

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