The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution

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  • 1139368400
  • 9780521836807
  • 9781139368407
  • 9781139365581
The Haitian Revolution (1789–1804) was an epochal event that galvanized slaves and terrified planters throughout the Atlantic world. Rather than view this tumultuous period solely as a radical rupture with slavery, Malick W. Ghachem's innovative study shows that emancipation in Haiti was also a long-term product of its colonial legal history. Ghachem takes us deep into this volatile colonial past, digging beyond the letter of the law and vividly re-enacting such episodes as the extraordinary prosecution of a master for torturing and killing his slaves. This book brings us face-to-face with the revolutionary invocation of Old Regime law by administrators seeking stability, but also by free people of color and slaves demanding citizenship and an end to brutality. The result is a subtle yet dramatic portrait of the strategic stakes of colonial governance in the land that would become Haiti.
  • Cambridge University Press; February 2012
  • ISBN 9781139368407
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  • Title: The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution
  • Author: Malick W. Ghachem
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1139368400
  • 9780521836807
  • 9781139368407
  • 9781139365581

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'This book will have a major impact on our understanding of the single most important turning point in the history of New World slavery. A revolutionary study of revolution, this beautifully written and deeply researched work shows that the 'rupture narrative' has obscured critical aspects of continuity and the ways in which laws governing master-slave relations provided a changing framework for action in the slaves' quest for freedom.' David Brion Davis, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus and Director Emeritus of Yale's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1139368400
  • 9780521836807
  • 9781139368407
  • 9781139365581