Haiti: The Aftershocks of History / Edition 1

Haiti: The Aftershocks of History / Edition 1

by Laurent Dubois
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Haiti: The Aftershocks of History / Edition 1

A passionate and insightful account that finds in Haiti's traumatic history the sources of its devastating present

Even before last year's earthquake destroyed much of the country, Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption. Maligned and misunderstood, the nation has long been blamed by many for its own wretchedness. But as acclaimed historian Laurent Dubois demonstrates, Haiti's troubles owe more to a legacy of international punishment for the original sin of staging the only successful slave revolt in the world.

Dubois vividly depicts the isolation and impoverishment that followed the 1804 rebellion: the crushing indemnities imposed by the former French rulers, which initiated a cycle of debt; the multiple interventions by the U.S. armed forces, including a twenty-year occupation; and the internal divisions and political chaos that are the inevitable consequences of centuries of subversion. At the same time, he also explores Haiti's overlooked successes, as its revolution created a resilient culture insistent on autonomy and equality.

This is an indispensable book, revealing what lies behind the familiar moniker of "the poorest nation in the western hemisphere" and illuminating the foundations on which a new Haiti might yet emerge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805093353
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Maps xii

Introduction 1

1 Independence 15

2 The Citadel 52

3 Stalemate 89

4 The Sacrifice 135

5 Looking North 165

6 Occupation 204

7 Second Independence 265

8 An Immaterial Being 311

Epilogue 360

Notes 371

Acknowledgments 415

Index 419

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Haiti 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brilliant and comprehensive study of a reality historically misunderstood or biased! For us, haitians, it is a joy to discover and read this nook! Chapeau bas Monsieur Dubois
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