Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World: Recognition after Revolution

Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World: Recognition after Revolution

by Julia Gaffield

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Overview

On January 1, 1804, Haiti shocked the world by declaring independence. Historians have long portrayed Haiti's postrevolutionary period as one during which the international community rejected Haiti's Declaration of Independence and adopted a policy of isolation designed to contain the impact of the world's only successful slave revolution. Julia Gaffield, however, anchors a fresh vision of Haiti's first tentative years of independence to its relationships with other nations and empires and reveals the surprising limits of the country's supposed isolation.

Gaffield frames Haitian independence as both a practical and an intellectual challenge to powerful ideologies of racial hierarchy and slavery, national sovereignty, and trade practice. Yet that very independence offered a new arena in which imperial powers competed for advantages with respect to military strategy, economic expansion, and international law. In dealing with such concerns, foreign governments, merchants, abolitionists, and others provided openings that were seized by early Haitian leaders who were eager to negotiate new economic and political relationships. Although full political acceptance was slow to come, economic recognition was extended by degrees to Haiti--and this had diplomatic implications. Gaffield's account of Haitian history highlights how this layered recognition sustained Haitian independence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469625638
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/24/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 930,049
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Julia Gaffield is assistant professor of history at Georgia State University.

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Timely and compelling, Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World is on the leading edge of a new wave of Haitian Revolution scholarship. Eschewing platitudes about Haiti's enforced isolation after the revolution, Gaffield traces the complex history—and legacies—of an Atlantic World variably confronting, evading, ignoring, and interacting with the new Haitian state.—Ada Ferrer, New York University

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