Books: (note: the following list includes published history books about Jamaica. Also, since Jamaica was the mainstay colony of the British Caribbean, this list also includes quite a few important histories of the British West Indies. These works are presented in chronological order according to when they were published. Please be aware that, especially if the work was adapted from a previous dissertation, this order may not accurately represent when the ideas were first conceived and/or written out by their authors. As a final note, I have included what I understand to be the most “academic” or “scholarly” works.
JOSEPH LUCKERT PIETERSZ. Jamaica Under the Spaniards, Abstracted from the Archives of Seville (Kingston, Jamaica: Institute of Jamaica, 1919).
LOWERLL JOSEPH RAGATZ. The Fall of the Planter Class in the British Caribbean: 1763-1783 (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1925).
FRANCISCO MORALES PADRÓN. Jamaica Espagnola (Seville: Escuela de Estudios Hispano-Americans, 1952).
ELSA V. GOVEIA, A Study on the Historiography of the British West Indies to the End of the Nineteenth Century (Mexico: Instituto Panamericano de Geografia e Historia, 1956).
ORLANDO PATTERSON. The Sociology of Slavery: An Analysis of the Origins, Development, and Structure of Negro Slave Society in Jamaica (Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1967).
RICHARD S. DUNN. Sugar and Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713 (Chapel Hills: University of North Carolina Press, 1971).
BARBARA KLAMON KOPYTOFF. The Maroons of Jamaica: An Ethnohistorical Study of Incomplete Politics, 1655-1905 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1973).
RICHARD SHERIDAN. Sugar and Slavery: An Economic History of the British West Indies, 1623-1774 (Bridgetown, Barbados: Caribbean Universities Press, 1974).
KENNETH E. INGRAM. Sources of Jamaican History, 1655-1838, a Bibliographical Survey with Particular Reference to Manuscript Sources (Switzerland and London: Inter Documentation Company, 1976).
EDWARD KAMAU BRAITHWAITE. The Development of Creole Society in Jamaica, 1770-1820 (Kingston: Clarendon Press, 1978).
MICHAEL CRATON. Searching for the Invisible Man: Slaves and Plantation Life in Jamaica (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1978).
MICHAEL CRATON. Testing the Chains: Resistance to Slavery in the British West Indies (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1982).
MICHAEL MULLIN. Africa in America: Slave Acculturation and Resistance in the American South and the British Caribbean, 1736-1831 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992).
WERNER ZIPS. Black Rebels: African-Caribbean Freedom Fighters in Jamaica (Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 1999).
BARRY W. HIGMAN. Jamaica Surveyed: Plantation Maps and Plans of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Kingston: University of the West Indies Press, 2001).
TREVOR BURNARD. Mastery, Tyranny, & Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and his Slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican World (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004).
BARRY W. HIGMAN. Plantation Jamaica, 1750-1850: Capital and Control in a Colonial Economy (Kingston: University of the West Indies Press, 2005).
VINCENT BROWN. The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008).
VERENE SHEPHERD. Livestock, Sugar and Slavery: Contested Terrain in Colonial Jamaica (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers, 2009).
AUDRA A. DIPTEE. From Africa to Jamaica: The Making of an Atlantic Slave Society, 1775-1807 (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2010).
RICHARD S. DUNN. A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014).
SASHA TURNER. Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).