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Haiti in the British ImaginationImperial Worlds, 1847-1915$
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Jack Daniel Webb

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781800348226

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781800348226.001.0001

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Vive Dessalines!

Vive Dessalines!

Revolution, Class and the Centenary of Independence

(p.189) Chapter Four Vive Dessalines!
Haiti in the British Imagination

Jack Daniel Webb

Liverpool University Press

Chapter Four interrogates British reactions to Haitian performances and demonstrations of national sovereignty at the beginning of the twentieth century. As the chapter explores, Haitians performed and enforced their sovereignty through the celebration of the centenary of independence, through exercising their rights to act on the international stage in the capacity of diplomats, and through adopting new citizens. To many elite British observers, who were concerned with the expansion of democracy in Britain, Haiti presented an excessively democratic state, populated and governed over by a lower-class of people. Such a view was challenged and made complicated in British interactions with Haitians. Ideas about Haiti were, this chapter illustrates, paradoxical as British state actors conversed with and respected the authority of their Haitian counterparts in some respects, while simultaneously arguing that Haitians lacked the credentials for government.

Keywords:   Citizenship, Statehood, Democracy, Diplomats, Subjecthood, Commemoration, Nationalism

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