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Haiti's history is one of revolution, intervention, and persistent underdevelopment. This book seeks to make sense of these challenging experiences through an examination of the political legacies of the Duvalier period and after. Revisiting the work of the late David Nicholls, widely acknowledged as a leading authority on Haiti, the chapters examine crucial questions of politics and power in Haiti, touching on issues of race and ethnicity, foreign intervention, economic development, and the impact of the devastating earthquake of January 2010. Leading academics and experts in Caribbean and Haitian Studies provide some of the keys to understanding the turbulent world of Haitian politics and the persistent challenges at home and from abroad which have distorted the country's development.


Description

Haiti's history is one of revolution, intervention, and persistent underdevelopment. This book seeks to make sense of these challenging experiences through an examination of the political legacies of the Duvalier period and after. Revisiting the work of the late David Nicholls, widely acknowledged as a leading authority on Haiti, the chapters examine crucial questions of politics and power in Haiti, touching on issues of race and ethnicity, foreign intervention, economic development, and the impact of the devastating earthquake of January 2010. Leading academics and experts in Caribbean and Haitian Studies provide some of the keys to understanding the turbulent world of Haitian politics and the persistent challenges at home and from abroad which have distorted the country's development.


Reviews

'This volume brings together fascinating contributions from internationally recognized scholars on Haitian politics and history, presenting important historical and international analysis which will be of relevance for a long time to come.' - Amanda Sives, University of Liverpool, UK

'Specialists and general readers alike will find in Politics and Power in Haiti a valuable ally in their efforts to disentangle the disconcerting web of tribalism, race hatred and class warfare that makes up political life in Haiti today.' - Andrew Leak, University College London, UK

"This is an extraordinary collection. Together, the contributions illustrate how Haiti is much like other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, a colonized nation struggling to establish its identity (African, French, and Caribbean) and to reach stability against the legacy of colonialism (violence, escapism, color, and class). This book is a must for students of the region who wish to understand how Haiti's historical, spiritual, and cultural life bears on its social, economic, and political reality." - Tony Payan, James A Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, USA


Contents

Introduction: Duvalier and After; Paul Sutton & Kate Quinn
True Dechoukaj: Uprooting Bovarysme in post-Duvalier Haiti; J. Michael Dash,
From François Duvalier to Jean-Bertrand Aristide: The Declining Significance of Colour Politics in Haiti; Alex Dupuy
The Macoutization of Haitian Politics; Patrick Sylvain
The Moody Republic and the Men in her Life: US African Americans and Haitian Exiles; Millery Polyné
Haitian Exceptionalism: The Caribbean's Great Morality Play; Anthony Maingot
Haiti and France: Settling the Debts of the Past; Charles Forsdick
Haiti and the Regional and International Communities Since 12 January 2010; Reginald Dumas


Authors

Kate Quinn is a Lecturer in Caribbean History at University College London, UK. She is the editor of Black Power in the Caribbean (2013) and has published on the post-independence Anglophone Caribbean and on revolutionary Cuba. She is a member of the Haiti Support Group and is currently Chair of the Society for Caribbean Studies.

Paul Sutton is an Emeritus Reader in Politics at the University of Hull, UK, and a consultant on the political economy of the Caribbean and the development problems of small states. He has published many books and articles on the politics and international relations of the Caribbean including, with Anthony Payne, Modern Caribbean Politics (1993) and Charting Caribbean Development (2001). Other books include Europe and the Caribbean (1991) and Modernizing the State: Public Sector Reform in the Commonwealth Caribbean (2006).