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Once the most lucrative European colony in the Caribbean, Haiti has long been one of the most divided and impoverished countries in the world. In the late 1980s a remarkable popular mobilization known as Lavalas, or 'the flood,' sought to liberate the island from decades of US-backed dictatorial rule. After winning a landslide election victory, in 1991 the Lavalas government led by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was overthrown by a bloody military coup. Damming the Floodanalyzes how and why Aristide"s enemies in Haiti, the US and France made sure that his second government, elected with another overwhelming majority in 2000, was toppled by a further coup in 2004.

The elaborate international campaign to contain, discredit and then overthrow Lavalas at the start of the twenty-first century was perhaps the most successful act of imperial sabotage since the end of the Cold War. Its execution and its impact have much to teach anyone interested in the development of today's political struggles in Latin America and the rest of the post-colonial world.

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Hallward, (Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Kingston U) analyzes how and why the democratically-elected Lavalas governments in Haiti led by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide were overthrown in 1991 and again in 2004. The book begins with a timeline and overview of Haitian history from the time of colonization to the present, then goes on to examine, in-depth, Haitian politics of the past twenty years, showing how Aristide's popular democratic governments have been systematically sabotaged and overthrown by the Haitian ruling class and their wealthy supporters, including the United States. The book is well-referenced and includes an interview between the author and Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

“A marvelous book ... riveting and deeply informed.”—Noam Chomsky

Synopsis:

A riveting expos of the US-led destruction of democratic government in Haiti.

Synopsis:

“A marvelous book ... riveting and deeply informed.”—Noam Chomsky

Synopsis:

Long before a devastating earthquake hit in January 2010, Haiti was one of the most impoverished and oppressed countries in the world. However, in the late 1980s a remarkable popular mobilization known as Lavalas ("the flood") sought to liberate the island from decades of US-backed dictatorial rule. Damming the Flood analyzes how and why the Lavalas governments led by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide were overthrown, in 1991 and again in 2004, by the enemies of democracy in Haiti and abroad.

The elaborate campaign to suppress Lavalas was perhaps the most successful act of imperial sabotage since the end of the Cold War. It has left the people of Haiti at the mercy of some of the most rapacious political and economic forces on the planet.

Updated with a substantial new afterword that addresses the international response to the earthquake, Damming the Flood is both an invaluable account of recent Haitian history and an illuminating analysis of twenty-first-century imperialism.

Synopsis:

Formerly the most lucrative European colony in the Caribbean, Haiti has long been one of the most divided and impoverished countries in the world—a fact made clear by the disastrous effects of the earthquake in January 2010, which triggered another US military operation. Damming the Flood analyzes the American and French role in the violent overthrow of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004. The suppression of the remarkable popular mobilization known as Lavalas, or “the flood,” was perhaps the most successful act of imperial sabotage since the end of the Cold War. Updated with a new afterword that covers the international response to the earthquake, Damming the Floodis both an invaluable history of Haiti and a crucial account of America’s twenty- first-century imperialism.

About the Author

Peter Hallward teaches at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London, and is the author of books on Badiou and Deleuze.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781844674664
Author:
Hallward, Peter
Publisher:
Verso
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - General
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
World History-Caribbean
Edition Description:
New Updated Edition
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Latin America » Haiti
History and Social Science » Military » Strategy Tactics and Deception
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » Caribbean
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Product details 512 pages Verso - English 9781844674664 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , “A marvelous book ... riveting and deeply informed.”—Noam Chomsky
"Synopsis" by , A riveting expos of the US-led destruction of democratic government in Haiti.
"Synopsis" by , “A marvelous book ... riveting and deeply informed.”—Noam Chomsky
"Synopsis" by , Long before a devastating earthquake hit in January 2010, Haiti was one of the most impoverished and oppressed countries in the world. However, in the late 1980s a remarkable popular mobilization known as Lavalas ("the flood") sought to liberate the island from decades of US-backed dictatorial rule. Damming the Flood analyzes how and why the Lavalas governments led by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide were overthrown, in 1991 and again in 2004, by the enemies of democracy in Haiti and abroad.

The elaborate campaign to suppress Lavalas was perhaps the most successful act of imperial sabotage since the end of the Cold War. It has left the people of Haiti at the mercy of some of the most rapacious political and economic forces on the planet.

Updated with a substantial new afterword that addresses the international response to the earthquake, Damming the Flood is both an invaluable account of recent Haitian history and an illuminating analysis of twenty-first-century imperialism.
"Synopsis" by , Formerly the most lucrative European colony in the Caribbean, Haiti has long been one of the most divided and impoverished countries in the world—a fact made clear by the disastrous effects of the earthquake in January 2010, which triggered another US military operation. Damming the Flood analyzes the American and French role in the violent overthrow of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004. The suppression of the remarkable popular mobilization known as Lavalas, or “the flood,” was perhaps the most successful act of imperial sabotage since the end of the Cold War. Updated with a new afterword that covers the international response to the earthquake, Damming the Floodis both an invaluable history of Haiti and a crucial account of America’s twenty- first-century imperialism.
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