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HI 304K / HI 354K
THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr K Salt

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 or above.

Note(s): This course is now full for 2012/13.

This module is available to students on all non-History degree programmes as a Discipline Breadth course for the enhanced study requirement. However, the admission of students with a non-History degree intention will be at the discretion of the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy.

This course will be available in 2012/13 as HI 354K.

According to historian Carolyn Fick, "historians, social scientists, political economists and other scholars concerned with colonialism, New World plantation slavery, or slave resistance in general [...] point to the Haitian revolution as a landmark event with ramifications extending far beyond the borders of Haiti itself" (2). This event would spur other slave revolts throughout the Americas, and inspire Latin American revolutionaries in their quest for independence. Although Fick centres on the slaves, there were other political actors at play in the formation of the second republic in the Americas and the first self-avowed black nation in the New World. This course investigates this event in an effort to tease out its complexity and lay bare the tensions between anti-colonialism and plantation economies, and the ways these tensions will play out during and after the Haitian Revolution.

Two 90-minute seminars per week.

1st Attempt: Continuous Assessment (100%): 1,500-word Primary text analysis (40%); seven 500-word Response papers (50%); Participation (10%).

Resit: Continuous Assessment: one 1,500-word Primary text analysis (40%); one 3,500-word Response Paper in lieu of the seven 500-word Response Papers (60%). All materials produced for the re-sit must represent new work. Previously handed in course materials will not be accepted.