A Turbulent Time: The French Revolution and the Greater Caribbean

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David Barry Gaspar, David Patrick Geggus
Indiana University Press, 1997 - History - 262 pages

"Stimulating, incisive, insightful, sometimes revisionist, this volume is required reading for historians of comparative colonialism in an age of revolution." --Choice

"[An] eminently original and intellectually exciting book." --William and Mary Quarterly

This volume examines several slave societies in the Greater Caribbean to illustrate the pervasive and multi-layered impact of the revolutionary age on the region. Built precariously on the exploitation of slave labor, organized according to the doctrine of racial discrimination, the plantation colonies were particularly vulnerable to the message of the French Revolution, which proved all the more potent because it coincided with the emergence of the antislavery movement in the Atlantic world and interacted with local traditions of resistance among the region's slaves, free coloreds, and white colonists.

 

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Contents

Slavery War and Revolution in the Greater Caribbean
1
A Triumph
51
The French Revolution and British Attitudes to
78
Revolution War and Slavery
102
Slave Resistance in the Spanish Caribbean in
131
The French
156
The French Revolution and Free
178
Revolutionary Saint Domingue in the Making
204
The Admission of Slave Testimony at British Military Courts
226
Contributors
251
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David Barry Gaspar, Professor of History at Duke University, is the author of Bondmen and Rebels, co-editor of More Than Chattel, and author of many articles about the African diaspora.

David Patrick Geggus, Professor of History at the University of Florida, is the author of Haitian Revolutionary Studies (IU Press) and Slavery, War, and Revolution.

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