Historical Dictionary of Haiti
One of the world’s poorest nations, Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. Haiti proclaimed its independence from France on January 1, 1804 following the only successful slave revolt in the Americas. As a result of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), Haiti became the first independent Latin American nation and the second independent nation in the Western Hemisphere, after the United States. Throughout its history it has suffered political violence, and in 2010 it suffered a devastating earthquake, which killed over 200,000 people and countless people lost homes and businesses.
The Historical Dictionary of Haiti covers the history of Haiti starting in 1492 with the initial discovery of the island Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic to the present day. The dictionary itself contains over 400 cross-referenced entries on crucial aspects of Haitian history, and it is the most extensive single-volume reference work on Haiti available. In addition to the dictionary, this book provides a chronology containing important dates and events and an informative bibliographical section organized by subject. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Haiti.
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This book is vastly overrated and overpriced in both ebook and paper versions, especially since it contributes no new knowledge whatsoever about Haiti and was out of date in 2012 when it was first published. As another reviewer pointed out, 'all the information it contains can be gleaned from a cheap Haitian history book or for free on the Internet.' At about 300 pages, it might make an impressive paperweight, doorstop or office shelf-filler. Save your money...
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