Despite Puerto Rico being the hub of the USA’ naval response to the German blockade of the Caribbean, there’s little or no published scholarship at the island’s heavy involvement within the global conflict of World War II. Recently, a new generation of students has been compiling interdisciplinary research with fresh insights in regards to the profound wartime changes, which in turn generated conditions for the rapid economic, social, and political development of postwar Puerto Rico. The island’s subsequent transformation can’t be adequately grasped without tracing its roots to the war years.
Island at War brings together outstanding new research on Puerto Rico and makes it accessible in English. It covers ten distinct topics written by nine distinguished scholars from the Caribbean and beyond. Contributors include experts within the fields of history, political science, sociology, literature, journalism, communications, and engineering.
Topics include US strategic debate and war making plans for the Caribbean at the eve of World War II, Puerto Rico as the headquarters of the Caribbean Sea frontier, war and political transition in Puerto Rico, the war economy of Puerto Rico, the German blockade of the Caribbean in 1942, and the tale of a Puerto Rican officer within the Second World War and Korea. With these essays and others, Island at War represents the cutting edge of scholarship at the role of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean in World War II and its aftermath.