Silencing the Past (20th anniversary edition): Power and the Production of History

Silencing the Past (20th anniversary edition): Power and the Production of History

by Michel-Rolph Trouillot


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Now part of the HBO docuseries "Exterminate All the Brutes," written and directed by Raoul Peck

The 20th anniversary edition of a pioneering classic that explores the contexts in which history is produced—now with a new foreword by renowned scholar Hazel Carby

Placing the West's failure to acknowledge the Haitian Revolution—the most successful slave revolt in history—alongside denials of the Holocaust and the debate over the Alamo, Michel-Rolph Trouillot offers a stunning meditation on how power operates in the making and recording of history.

This modern classic resides at the intersection of history, anthropology, Caribbean, African-American, and post-colonial studies, and has become a staple in college classrooms around the country. In a new foreword, Hazel Carby explains the book's enduring importance to these fields of study and introduces a new generation of readers to Trouillot's brilliant analysis of power and history's silences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807080535
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 32,776
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

Michel-Rolph Trouillot (1949–2012) was one of the most prominent Haitian scholars working in the United States. He was the director of the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power, and History and Krieger/Eisenhower Distinguished Professor in anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. Hazel V. Carby is the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies, professor of American studies, and director of the Initiative on Race, Gender and Globalization at Yale University.

Table of Contents

Foreword Hazel V. Carby xi

Acknowledgments xv

Preface xxi

1 The Power in the Story 1

2 The Three Faces of Sans Souci 31

3 An Unthinkable History 70

4 Good Day, Columbus 108

5 The Presence in the Past 141

Epilogue 154

Notes 157

Index 187

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