Nearly the New World: The British West Indies and the Flight from Nazism, 1933-1945
By Joanna Newman
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Berghahn Books is pleased to announce the recent release of Nearly the New World: The British West Indies and the Flight from Nazism, 1933–1945 by Joanna Newman (September 2019, Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-78920-649-4; 320 pages).
Sunny Caribbean islands such as Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad have long been a magnet for holiday-makers from around the world. But almost none of today’s tourists are aware that these islands provided the only chance of escape for thousands fleeing Nazi Germany in the 1930s, as most other countries closed their doors. In Nearly the New World, Joanna Newman tells for the first time the story of the refugees who fled to Caribbean islands within the British Empire. Her book challenges us to consider the lessons of history as we confront unprecedented numbers of people fleeing violence and persecution. The introduction is available to read on Berghahn Books’ website.
Joanna Newman is the Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (www.acu.ac.uk) and a Senior Research Fellow in the history department at King’s College London. She was awarded an MBE for services to British higher education in 2014. She is a regular speaker on issues relating to higher education and internationalization.