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Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture

Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture (Hardback)

By Hazareesingh, Sudhir

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The Haitian revolution began in the French colony of Saint-Domingue with a slave revolt in November 1791, and culminated a dozen years later in the proclamation of the world's first independent black republic. Touissant Louverture did more than any other to shape the course of th...is revolution- after the abolition of slavery in 1793, he became the leader of the colony's 500,000 blacks, commander of its republican army and eventually its governor. Treacherously captured by Napoleon's invading army a year later and imprisoned, he ended his days as the revolution's most eminent martyr. Louverture confronted the mighty forces of his age - slavery, settler colonialism, imperial domination, racial hierarchy and European cultural supremacy - and bent them to his implacable will. He was the world's first black superhero. Sudhir Hazareesingh draws on a wealth of archival material, much of it overlooked by previous biographers, to follow every step in Louverture's singular career, to capture his voice and the force of his personality. To a greater extent than any previous biography, Black Spartacus situates Louverture's vision and leadership not solely in the context of events in Europe and imported Enlightenment ideals, but in a world of hybrid slave culture and African and Caribbean influences.
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ISBN 9780241293812
Released NZ 30 Apr 2020
Publisher Penguin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780241293812
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Allen Lane
Released 30 Apr 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Hazareesingh, Sudhir
Category Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
World History: C 1750 To C 1900
Military History
Black studies
Colonization & Independence
Slavery & Emancipation
Revolutions & Coups
Number of Pages 464
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 42mm
Dewey Code 972.9403092
Weight 744g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Revolutionaries - Biography - Haiti, Generals - Biography - Haiti, Haiti - History - Revolution, 1791-1804
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly