Paradise Lost: Haiti's Tumultuous Journey from Pearl of the Caribbean to Third World Hotspot / Edition 1by P. Girard
Pub. Date: 12/13/2005
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Why has Haiti been plagued by so many woes? Why has the United States felt a need to repeatedly intervene in Haiti's affairs? Why have multiple U.S. efforts to create a stable democracy in Haiti failed so spectacularly? Philippe Girard answers these and other questions in Paradise Lost . He examines how colonialism and slavery have left a legacy of racial tension, both within Haiti and internationally, as Haitians remain deeply suspicious of white foreigners' motives, many of whom doubt Haitians' ability to govern themselves. He also examines how Haiti's current political instability is merely a continuation of two hundred years of political strife that began during the War of Independence (1791-1804). Finally, Girard explores poverty's devastating impact on contemporary Haiti. This book is different from others in the field, arguing that Haitians - particularly home-grown dictators - bear a big share of the responsibility for their nation's troubles. In addressing the current situation in Haiti by looking to the nation's tumultuous past, Paradise Lost is timely and potentially controversial.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction The Pearl of the Antilles: Haiti in Colonial Times (1492-1791) Did Haiti Save the United States?: The Haitian Revolution and the Early American Republic (1791-1804) Ideal and Pariah: Haiti After Independence (1804-1915) American Colony: Haiti During the First U.S. Occupation (1915-1934) Under Papa Doc's Spell: Haiti in the Cold War (1957-1986) A Glimmer of Hope: The First Aristide Presidency (1990-1991) The Haitian Invasion of the United States: Haitian Boat People (1991-1994) In Our Backyard: The Second U.S. Invasion of Haiti (1994) Beyond the Mountains, More Mountains: The International Community's Failed Development Program in Haiti (1995-1997) Bayonets Are Made of Steel, Constitutions of Paper: Haiti's Growing Political Instability (1997-2004) Here We Go Again: Aristide Overthrown (2004) Conclusion: Is There Any Hope for Haiti?
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