In the Dominican Republic, Haiti is a perennial topic of scholarly discussion. For a nation that obtained its independence from Haiti (on February 27, 1844) and that shares with it the small island of Hispaniola, this fixation is nothing unusual. Since the nineteenth century, Haiti has been the object of hundreds of books, articles, and documents published in the Dominican Republic or by Dominican scholars overseas.
Orlando Inoa’s new book provides an annotated compilation of the extensive bibliography on Haiti available in the Dominican Republic. This is the second in a forthcoming series of bibliographies called Op Cit., published by the Centro de Investigaciones Históricas of the University of Puerto Rico. Inoa is a Dominican historian and sociologist who has also published Estado y campesinos al inicio de la era de Trujillo (1994), as well as articles on migration, peasant issues, and various historical topics.
This book lists 796 works published either in the Dominican Republic, by Dominican scholars overseas, or published abroad and available in Dominican collections. In the introduction, Inoa describes the main sources used in the compilation, as well as the library resources of the Dominican Republic; this portion by itself should be recommended reading for anyone planning to conduct library research there. Inoa also uses the introduction to sketch the history of Haitian-Dominican relations, along with a chronological review of the most significant publications and preferred research topics on that subject.
The main text is thematically divided into five chapters: the history of the Haitian-Dominican relationship, sociological issues, migration, the border, and general issues. The last chapter includes works that do not fit into any of the preceding chapters, as well as anonymous works and legislation (treaties, laws, and other documents). Some of the listings include brief annotations with more information on the item, its original place of publication, other pertinent publications, or simply anecdotal information. Finally, Inoa includes an annotated list of the periodicals used in the book, plus an author’s index.
This volume is a valuable resource for any study of Haitian-Dominican relations and related issues. It provides a handy and quick reference to multiple sources, and it has the potential to become a standard reference.