Haiti: The Tumultuous History - From Pearl of the Caribbean to Broken Nation
The Tumultuous History - From Pearl of the Caribbean to Broken Nation
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Why has Haiti been plagued by so many woes? Why have multiple U.S. efforts to create a stable democracy in Haiti failed so spectacularly? Philippe Girard answers these and other questions, examining how colonialism and slavery have left a legacy of racial tension, both within Haiti and internationally; Haitians remain deeply suspicious of white foriegners' motives, many of whom doubt Hatians' ability to govern themselves. He also examines how Haiti's current political instability is merely a continuation of political strife that began during the War of Independence (1791-1804). Finally, Girard explores poverty's devastating impact on contemporary Haiti and argues that Haitians--particularly home-grown dictators--bear a big share of the responsibility for their nation's troubles.
Fascinating and depressing
I am currently working in Haiti and found this book on a shelf in the office. I devoured this captivating story of Haiti. But I couldn't help feeling completely overwhelmed by Haiti's turbulent past and the author's thesis that Haiti's political elites are mainly responsible for its demise. The author does not leave lots of hope for Haiti's future.
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- Category: Politics & Current Events
- Published: Sep 14, 2010
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- Print Length: 256 Pages
- Language: English