Haiti

The Tumultuous History - From Pearl of the Caribbean to Broken Nation

Philippe Girard

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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.

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Praise for Haiti

Praise for Clinton in Haiti by Philippe Girard:

"An engaging and wonderfully readable account of the circumstances leading up to the U.S. invasion of Haiti in 1994, and its restoration of Jean-Bertrand Aristide as Haitian president."--Elizabeth Abbott, Trinity College, University of Toronto

"This is an extraordinarily well written account that places Clinton's Haitian foreign policy in historical perspective. Linguistic wit and analytical sophistication prevail as Girard skillfully weaves readers through the complexities and tragedy of Haiti's history and the highly touted, but unsuccessful aftermath of the 1994 "invasion" by U.S. troops to restore Aristide and democracy to this Caribbean republic. Until Clinton administration classified documents become available this will remain the standard account and an object lesson for all future American cut-and-run attempts at peace-keeping and nation-building."--Joan Hoff, Montana State University, Bozeman

"Written by an outstanding young French scholar of recent American history, this examination of U.S. intervention in Haiti under Bill Clinton probes the motivations behind an unnecessary military action and explains the ways in which objective failure is translated into political success. The author's finely-calibrated sense of irony makes his work as entertaining as it is instructive."--Alonzo L. Hamby, Ohio University, and author of For the Survival of Democracy: Franklin Roosevelt and the World Crisis of the 1930s


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Philippe Girard

Philippe Girard is an Assistant Professor of Caribbean History, McNeese State University of Louisiana.

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Haiti
The Tumultuous History - From Pearl of the Caribbean to Broken Nation
Philippe Girard

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
September 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780230112902
ISBN10: 0230112900
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$9.99

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Hardcover
Palgrave Macmillan
December 2005
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781403968876
ISBN10: 140396887X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$70.00

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Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
September 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780230106611
ISBN10: 0230106617
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$17.00
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