- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: The Belknap Press (October 31, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674018265
- ISBN-13: 978-0674018266
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution
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What Laurent Dubois has achieved is a synthesis of the most current research in a strikingly accessible and appealing presentation, be it to experts or to general readers unfamiliar with the subject. Avengers of the New World is more than likely to become the new standard work in English on one of the most under-reported events in the history of the Western Hemisphere. (Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls Rising and Master of the Crossroads)
The course of the Haitian Revolution was as checkered as the storyline of an Italian opera. Laurent Dubois wisely and eloquently reduces that complexity to understandable proportions. He shows how the revolutionary leadership evolved over time, both defining its own objectives and winning its battles along the way. With care and good judgment, Dubois builds for us a compelling picture of the emergent consciousness of the slaves. His distinctive contribution is to bring to life one of the most significant events in modern political history, an event that has been deliberately misrepresented for the past two centuries. (Sidney Mintz, author of Caribbean Transformations and Sweetness and Power)
By abolishing slavery and granting citizenship to all men, the Haitian Revolution fulfilled the ideals of the Age of Democratic Revolution in a way that France, the United States, and other nations were not yet ready to accept. Dubois demonstrates the revolutionary determination of enslaved Caribbean- and African-born people and captures the voices of key actors including Toussaint Louverture, individual slaves, free people of color, rival black generals, and white women. This is a story that needs to be told in the engaging yet scholarly voice that Dubois achieves. (John Garrigus, Professor of History, Jacksonville University)
Avengers of the New World is a luminous model for the history of revolution, for a 'people's' history of freedom, and, not least, for a history that is truly Atlantic in scope. At once original, deeply learned, and gracefully written, Dubois's achievement is worthy of its great lineage: that of C.L.R. James and Aime Cesaire. (James C. Scott, author of Domination and the Arts of Resistance and Weapons of the Weak)
[A] sinuous and stirring account of 'the largest slave revolt in the history of the world, and the only one that succeeded.' (John Leonard Harper's 2004-03-01)
In this exhaustively researched and valuable account, Laurent Dubois, a history professor at Michigan State, looks back to the founding of Haiti… Dubois, writing in an accessible style and with a wide-ranging focus, has done an impressive job depicting the tumultuous founding of Haiti. Readers wanting to place the Caribbean nation's current struggles in a larger historical context will find Dubois an eminently worthwhile resource. (Chuck Leddy Christian Science Monitor 2004-03-23)
A stern and brilliant new book… The Haitian Revolution, in all its ugliness and brutality, was the response of the oppressed, indentured and enslaved to their unjust condition. And it is this whirling and chaotic world that Dubois so vividly brings to life in Avengers of the New World and so accurately deconstructs… Dubois starts this book about war with chapters about love, death, books and graveyards. His discussions of interracial love affairs and the attitudes of slaves both toward death among slaves and toward death among masters are riveting and eloquent. Indeed, Dubois' literary sensibility informs the book from start to finish, so that at its beginning as well as its end, the reader feels as if the story must be fiction, yet it is not… Dubois calls Haiti a nation 'founded on ashes,' and he has written splendidly about the fires, both political and cultural, that lit up the land during the days of revolution and that are still, in a sense, burning today. (Amy Wilentz Los Angeles Times Book Review 2004-04-18)
Avengers of the New World weaves the experiences and stories of slaves, free Blacks, wealthy whites, and French administrators into an unforgettable tale of insurrection, war, heroism, and victory. Laurent Dubois examines the actions of the famous leaders of the revolt such as Toussaint Louverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines, but also of lesser-known men and women caught up in the violent and tumultuous events. Dubois establishes the Haitian Revolution, which is often misunderstood or forgotten, as a foundational moment in the history of democracy and of human rights… Avengers of the New World can help us put the current situation in Haiti in context, explain the reasons behind the violence, and give us an idea of what the future might hold. (Caribbean Life 2004-03-23)
Laurent Dubois's patient study offers a valuable glimpse into the complexities of the creation of modern Haiti that supplants the usual commonplaces on this 'first black republic.' (Nick Caistor Times Literary Supplement 2004-06-11)
There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of books about the Haitian Revolution, but only a handful are indispensable. Avengers of the New World joins that select company. A powerful narrative informed by the latest research, it digs beneath ready-made notions―whether of purely heroic rebels or of implacable caste hatreds―to bring to light the forging of new identities and new ideals. (Robin Blackburn The Nation 2004-10-04)
What Laurent Dubois has achieved is a synthesis of the most current research in a strikingly accessible and appealing presentation, be it to experts or to general readers unfamiliar with the subject. Avengers of the New World is more than likely to become the new standard work in English on one of the most under-reported events in the history of the Western Hemisphere. (Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls Rising and Master of the Crossroads) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I purchased this book along with Phillipe Girard's book The Slaves who defeated Napoleon, which covers the 1802-04 war that ended with Haitian independence for a close friend of mine who is Haitian. She greatly enjoyed both Girard's book and this one by Dubois. I have read both books myself, and while Dubois' account is the best about Saint Domingue, the slave revolt, and the abolition of slavery, for readers who want to know more about the phase of the war that ended when Haiti became independent, would be advised to read Girard's book instead. But for those who are interested in pre-revolutionary Haiti and the slave revolt, they need look no further than Avengers of the New World. Anybody interested in Haiti would do well to read this wonderfully written volume.