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In a landmark study of history, power, and identity in the Caribbean, Pedro L. San Miguel examines the historiography of Hispaniola, the West Indian island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He argues that the national identities of (and often the tense relations between) citizens of these two nations are the result of imaginary contrasts between the two nations drawn by historians, intellectuals, and writers.

Covering five centuries and key intellectual figures from each country, San Miguel bridges literature, history, and ethnography to locate the origins of racial, ethnic, and national identity on the island. He finds that Haiti was often portrayed by Dominicans as "the other"--first as a utopian slave society, then as a barbaric state and enemy to the Dominican Republic. Although most of the Dominican population is mulatto and black, Dominican citizens tended to emphasize their Spanish (white) roots, essentially silencing the political voice of the Dominican majority, San Miguel argues. This pioneering work in Caribbean and Latin American historiography, originally published in Puerto Rico in 1997, is now available in English for the first time.

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Covering five centuries and analyzing key intellectual figures from each country, San Miguel bridges literature, history, and ethnography to identify views of national identity in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Haiti was often portrayed by Dominicans as "the other"--first as a utopian slave society, then as a barbaric state and enemy to D.R., whose citizens preferred to emphasize their Spanish/white roots even though most of the population is mulatto and black.

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Pedro L. San Miguel is professor of history at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, R­o Piedras, and author of several Spanish-language books on Caribbean history.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807856277
Translator:
Ramirez, Jane
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Translator:
Ramirez, Jane
Author:
San Miguel, Pedro Luis
Author:
Pedro L. San Miguel
Author:
San Miguel, Pedro L.
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - General
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
Politics and literature
Subject:
Literature and history
Subject:
Hispaniola; Haiti; Dominican Republic; Jean Price-Mars; Juan Bosch; national identity; post-colonialism; nationalism; Anti-haitianism; Joaquin Balaguer; Manuel A. Pena Batlle; Pedro Francisco Bono; Antonio Sanchez Valverde
Subject:
Hispaniola
Subject:
Haiti
Subject:
Dominican Republic
Subject:
Jean Price-Mars
Subject:
Juan Bosch
Subject:
national identity
Subject:
Postcolonialism
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
Anti-haitianism
Subject:
Joaquin Balaguer
Subject:
Manuel A. Pena Batlle
Subject:
Pedro Francisco Bono
Subject:
Antonio Sanchez Valverde
Subject:
World History-Caribbean
Subject:
Ant
Subject:
onio Sanchez Valverde
Copyright:
Series:
Latin America in Translation/En Traduccion/Em Traduc~ao
Publication Date:
September 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.25 in

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"Synopsis" by , Covering five centuries and analyzing key intellectual figures from each country, San Miguel bridges literature, history, and ethnography to identify views of national identity in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Haiti was often portrayed by Dominicans as "the other"--first as a utopian slave society, then as a barbaric state and enemy to D.R., whose citizens preferred to emphasize their Spanish/white roots even though most of the population is mulatto and black.
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