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Haiti: The Aftershocks of History

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A passionate and insightful account by a leading historian of Haiti that traces the sources of the country's devastating present back to its turbulent and traumatic history

Even before the 2010 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 makes clear, Haiti's troubled present can only be understood by examining its complex past. The country's difficulties are inextricably rooted in its founding revolution—the only successful slave revolt in the history of the world; the hostility that this rebellion generated among the colonial powers surrounding the island nation; and the intense struggle within Haiti itself to define its newfound freedom and realize its promise.

Dubois vividly depicts the isolation and impoverishment that followed the 1804 uprising. He details how the crushing indemnity imposed by the former French rulers initiated a devastating cycle of debt, while frequent interventions by the United States—including a twenty-year military occupation—further undermined Haiti's independence. At the same time, Dubois shows, the internal debates about what Haiti should do with its hard-won liberty alienated the nation's leaders from the broader population, setting the stage for enduring political conflict. Yet as Dubois demonstrates, the Haitian people have never given up on their struggle for true democracy, creating a powerful culture insistent on autonomy and equality for all.

Revealing what lies behind the familiar moniker of "the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere," this indispensable book illuminates the foundations on which a new Haiti might yet emerge.

Review:

"Dubois (A Colony of Citizens) chronicles the 'devastating set of authoritarian political habits' that have hamstrung the impoverished nation since its 1804 creation through the only successful slave revolt in modern history. Throughout its struggle to take its place in the family of nations, the obstacles of giant debts imposed from without and political instability generated from within have created a ruling class that 'realized they couldn't rebuild the plantations or stop the country's majority from pushing for land and autonomy. What they could do, however, was channel and contain that push, surround and stifle it.' For more than a hundred years after its independence, Haiti's political struggles, from presidential intrigues to outright revolution ushered in more than a dozen leaders — and nearly as many constitutions — creating a legacy of instability that left Haiti vulnerable to a 19-year occupation by U.S. Marines. Decades of absolute dictatorship by 'Papa Doc' Duvalier and his feckless, brutal son, 'Baby Doc' Duvalier left a looted, indebted nation whose civil institutions 'had been largely dismantled or absorbed by the state.' Dubois does an admirable job of condensing turbulent political history into a narrative. He places deep and abiding faith in the resilience of Haiti's disempowered populace to survive the earthquake, but catalogues a bitter litany of reasons why the descendants of a successful revolution have not achieved anything close to economically successful, stable, democratic independence." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Even before the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption, blamed by many for its own wretchedness. But as acclaimed historian Laurent Dubois demonstrates, Haitis troubled present can only be understood by examining its complex past. The countrys difficulties are inextricably rooted in its founding revolution---the only successful slave revolt in the history of the world; the hostility that this rebellion generated among the surrounding colonial powers; and the intense struggle within Haiti itself to define its newfound freedom and realize its promise.

Revealing what lies behind the familiar moniker "the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere," this indispensable book illuminates the foundations on which a new Haiti might yet emerge.

Synopsis:

A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice

Even before the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption, blamed by many for its own wretchedness. But as acclaimed historian Laurent Dubois demonstrates, Haitis troubled present can only be understood by examining its complex past. The countrys difficulties are inextricably rooted in its founding revolution---the only successful slave revolt in the history of the world; the hostility that this rebellion generated among the surrounding colonial powers; and the intense struggle within Haiti itself to define its newfound freedom and realize its promise.

Revealing what lies behind the familiar moniker "the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere," this indispensable book illuminates the foundations on which a new Haiti might yet emerge.

About the Author

Laurent Dubois is the author of Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2004. The Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History at Duke University, Dubois has written on Haiti for the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and the New Yorker Web site, among other publications, and is the codirector of the Haiti Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805093353
Author:
Dubois, Laurent
Publisher:
Metropolitan Books
Author:
DuBois, Laurent
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - General
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
World History-Caribbean
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 1 bandw map
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Dubois (A Colony of Citizens) chronicles the 'devastating set of authoritarian political habits' that have hamstrung the impoverished nation since its 1804 creation through the only successful slave revolt in modern history. Throughout its struggle to take its place in the family of nations, the obstacles of giant debts imposed from without and political instability generated from within have created a ruling class that 'realized they couldn't rebuild the plantations or stop the country's majority from pushing for land and autonomy. What they could do, however, was channel and contain that push, surround and stifle it.' For more than a hundred years after its independence, Haiti's political struggles, from presidential intrigues to outright revolution ushered in more than a dozen leaders — and nearly as many constitutions — creating a legacy of instability that left Haiti vulnerable to a 19-year occupation by U.S. Marines. Decades of absolute dictatorship by 'Papa Doc' Duvalier and his feckless, brutal son, 'Baby Doc' Duvalier left a looted, indebted nation whose civil institutions 'had been largely dismantled or absorbed by the state.' Dubois does an admirable job of condensing turbulent political history into a narrative. He places deep and abiding faith in the resilience of Haiti's disempowered populace to survive the earthquake, but catalogues a bitter litany of reasons why the descendants of a successful revolution have not achieved anything close to economically successful, stable, democratic independence." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Even before the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption, blamed by many for its own wretchedness. But as acclaimed historian Laurent Dubois demonstrates, Haitis troubled present can only be understood by examining its complex past. The countrys difficulties are inextricably rooted in its founding revolution---the only successful slave revolt in the history of the world; the hostility that this rebellion generated among the surrounding colonial powers; and the intense struggle within Haiti itself to define its newfound freedom and realize its promise.

Revealing what lies behind the familiar moniker "the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere," this indispensable book illuminates the foundations on which a new Haiti might yet emerge.

"Synopsis" by , A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice

Even before the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption, blamed by many for its own wretchedness. But as acclaimed historian Laurent Dubois demonstrates, Haitis troubled present can only be understood by examining its complex past. The countrys difficulties are inextricably rooted in its founding revolution---the only successful slave revolt in the history of the world; the hostility that this rebellion generated among the surrounding colonial powers; and the intense struggle within Haiti itself to define its newfound freedom and realize its promise.

Revealing what lies behind the familiar moniker "the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere," this indispensable book illuminates the foundations on which a new Haiti might yet emerge.

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