Haiti: The Breached Citadel

帕特里克·贝勒格德·史密斯 Patrick Bellegarde-Smith
海地:被攻破的城堡(Haiti: The Breached Citadel)简介:

"An imaginative and impressive study that succeeds admirably in articulating a decidedly Haitian perspective on wider Caribbean and global concerns. Especially commendable is Bellegarde-Smith's sensitivity to the usually misinterpreted functions of the Vodun religion and the Kreyol language which he sees as positive nation-building attributes as well as his highlighting of the usually neglected role of women and peasants as moving forces in Haitian history political economy, culture, social thought, race relations, and international relations. For resuing Haiti from the frequent contempt of Western scholarship, this sensitive and balanced analysis of Haitian achievements alongside failures, promises alongside betrayals, is highly recommended."

"It gives me a sense of Haiti that nothing else I have read equals.-An extraordinary piece of work." -- Audre Lorde, essayist, poet

?The updated edition of this perceptive study could hardly appear at a more auspicious moment, as the latest phase of the tragedy of Haiti is unfolding. It brilliantly illuminates the rich tapestry of Haitian culture and reveals the remarkable resilience of the Haitian people, subjected to centuries of rapacity and violence and brutally punished for revealing "the limited definition of freedom adopted by the French and American revolutions," in the author's accurate words. As he relates, they have continued to teach such lessons to this day, frightening the rich and powerful in their own tortured land and at the centers of global rule. It is our great loss if we choose not to understand, and there is no better starting point than this learned and penetrating inquiry.? -- Noam Chomsky "Institue Professor Emeritus, Department of Linguistics, MIT"



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