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A Concise History of the Haitian Revolution

ISBN: 978-1-4443-4751-7
192 pages
November 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book offers students a concise and clearly written overview of the events of the Haitian Revolution, from the slave uprising in the French colony of Saint-Domingue in 1791 to the declaration of Haiti’s independence in 1804.

  • Draws on the latest scholarship in the field as well as the author’s original research
  • Offers a valuable resource for those studying independence movements in Latin America, the history of the Atlantic World, the history of the African diaspora, and the age of the American and French revolutions
  • Written by an expert on both the French and Haitian revolutions to offer a balanced view
  • Presents a chronological, yet thematic, account of the complex historical contexts that produced and shaped the Haitian Revolution
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Series Editor’s Preface vii

Introduction 1

1 A Colonial Society in a Revolutionary Era 10

2 The Uprisings, 1791–1793 35

3 Republican Emancipation in Saint-Domingue, 1793–1798 62

4 Toussaint Louverture in Power, 1798–1801 90

5 The Struggle for Independence, 1802–1806 114

6 Consolidating Independence in a Hostile World 141

Afterword: The Earthquake Crisis of 2010 and the Haitian Revolution 167

Recent Scholarship on the Haitian Revolution 171

Notes 178

Index 191

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Author Information

Jeremy D. Popkin is T. Marshall Hahn Jr. Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, and is the author of You Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery (2010) and Facing Racial Revolution: Eyewitness Accounts of the Haitian Uprising (2008).
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“A beautifully executed account of one of the most fascinating events in modern history. Popkin synthesizes Haitian, North American, and French scholarship to provide an expert analysis of the social and political transformations of the period.”
Laurent Dubois, Duke University

“An excellent introduction to the origins, development and aftermath of the Haitian Revolution.  Popkin’s meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated book will help students understand the significance of the Revolution in world history.”
Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall, California State University - San Marcos

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