Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Turning the Tide: The Problem of Popular Insurgency in Haitian Revolutionary Historiography

by Nick Nesbitt, Small Axe, 27 • October 2008 • p 14–31

This article explores the conceptual problem of popular insurgency in Haitian revolutionary historiography. Framed by fundamental questions of legitimate versus illegitimate insurgency, of the relationship between the elites and the people, and of the process of democratization and the rule of law, the article argues that the problem of popular insurgency is one way to link together analysis of past and present Haitian history and to focus on the role of the Haitian people in making that history.

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