Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture

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Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture

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Author :   Sudhir Hazareesingh
Publisher :   Penguin Books Ltd
Published :   01/04/2020
ISBN :   9780241293812
Format :   Hardback
Pages :   xxvi, 427 , 16 unnumbered of plates
Size (mm) :   240x162x42
Weight (g) :   744

The Haitian Revolution began in the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue with a slave revolt in August 1791, and culminated a dozen years later in the proclamation of the world's first independent black state. After the abolition of slavery in 1793,... Read more
The Haitian Revolution began in the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue with a slave revolt in August 1791, and culminated a dozen years later in the proclamation of the world's first independent black state. After the abolition of slavery in 1793, Toussaint Louverture, himself a former slave, became the leader of the colony's black population, the commander of its republican army and eventually its governor. During the course of his extraordinary life, he confronted (and for a time overcame) some of the dominant forces of his age - slavery, settler colonialism, imperialism and racial hierarchy. Treacherously seized by Napoleon's invading army in 1802, this charismatic figure ended his days, in Wordsworth's phrase, 'the most unhappy man of men', imprisoned in a fortress in France.