Intellectual History and Modernity - 'Stories of Saint Domingue, Stories of Haiti, Stories of the World' Professor Jeremy Popkin (Kentucky)
Seminar Series Semester 2 2012
'Stories of Saint Domingue, Stories of Haiti, Stories of the World'
Professor Jeremy Popkin (Kentucky)
Thursday August 2, 4.00-5.30
CCCS Seminar Room
Level 4, Forgan Smith Building
What are the historiographical consequences of elevating the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 to the same status as the American and French Revolutions in the story of the making of the modern world? By highlighting the issue of slavery, the Haitian movement underlines the limitations of the definitions of freedom adopted by the American and French revolutionaries, and raises questions about the role of reason in the revolutionary era. At the same time, however, the new interest in revolutionary events in the Caribbean challenges deeply held convictions about the Haitian Revolution in Haiti itself.
Jeremy Popkin is the T Marshall Hahn Jr Professor of History at the University of Kentucky (USA). His recent publications on the French and Haitian Revolutions include You Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery (2010), Concise History of the Haitian Revolution (2012), and La Presse de la Revolution francaise (2011).
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