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Haiti : the aftershocks of history / Laurent Dubois.


  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9780805093353 (hardcover) :
  • ISBN: 0805093354 (hardcover) :
  • Description: 434 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2012.

Available copies

  • 16 copies at NOBLE (All Libraries).

Current holds

0 current holds with 17 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Beverly Main Adult Nonfiction F 1921 .D83 2012 (Text to phone) Available -
Danvers Adult Nonfiction F 1921 D83 2012 (Text to phone) Available -
Endicott College General Collection F 1921 .D82 2011 (Text to phone) Available -
Everett - Shute Memorial Adult Nonfiction 972.94/D815h (Text to phone) Offline -
Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 972.94/Dubois (Text to phone) Available -
Gordon College Stack Level 2 F 1921 .D82 2012 (Text to phone) Reshelving -
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction F 1921 .D83 2012 (Text to phone) Available -
Merrimack College Stacks (2nd) F1921 .D83 2011 (Text to phone) Available -
Middlesex - Lowell Campus Lower Level F1921 .D83 2012 (Text to phone) Available -
North Shore - Danvers Campus Stacks F 1921 .D83 2012 (Text to phone) Available -
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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [371]-413) and index.
Contents Note: Independence -- The Citadel -- Stalemate -- The sacrifice -- Looking north -- Occupation -- Second independence -- An immaterial being.
Summary: Even before the 2010 earthquake destroyed much of the country, Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption, and has often been blamed for its own wretchedness. But as the author, a historian makes clear, its difficulties are rooted not only in its founding revolution, the only successful slave revolt in the history of the world; but also in the hostility that this rebellion generated among the colonial powers and the intense struggle within Haiti itself to define its newfound freedom and realize its promise. The author depicts the isolation and impoverishment that followed the 1804 uprising. He details how the indemnity imposed by the former French rulers initiated a devastating cycle of debt, while frequent interventions by the United States, including a twenty-year occupation, and the internal divisions and political chaos that are the inevitable consequences of centuries of subversion, further undermined Haiti's independence. At the same time, he explores Haiti's overlooked successes as its revolution created a resilient culture insistent on autonomy and equality. He also shows the internal debates about what Haiti should do with its hard won liberty that alienated the nation's leaders from the broader population, setting the stage for enduring political conflict. Yet the Haitian people have never given up on their struggle for true democracy. This book reveals what lies behind the familiar moniker of "the poorest nation in the western hemisphere" and illuminates the foundations on which a new Haiti might yet emerge.

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