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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 132–154.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Marlene L. Daut; Aaron Kamugisha This essay explores the genealogy of historian and anthropologist Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s writings as related to broader trends in historical scholarship. The author suggests that it was through Silencing the Past ’s acceptance and ascendance within the very North...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 50–65.
Published: 01 November 2023
...Adom Getachew Walter Rodney’s How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (1972) was written from the perspective that the history of Africa is necessary to understand the continent’s present and to envision its transformation in the future. This essay tracks Rodney’s positioning of the historian...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 1–6.
Published: 01 March 2014
... in the Caribbean's past, present, and future. From the vantage point of Haiti, the 2004 coup, the 2010 earthquake, and the exploitation of Haitians in the Dominican Republic demonstrate the important—yet politically, ethically, and legally fraught—role of Caribbean historians and the histories they produce...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 162–177.
Published: 01 November 2014
... of the infamous Code Noir and her equally blistering account of a well-known instance of settler violence, that of the planter Nicolas Lejeune, whose prosecution for torture in 1788 has recently been examined from a decidedly more sanguine perspective by legal historian Malick Ghachem. Contrasting Dayan...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 57–71.
Published: 01 July 2019
...Robert Decker This essay argues for the recuperation of the writings of Léonard Sainville, a founding member of Negritude, and the incorporation of his work into the movement’s canon. Sainville was a historian and novelist whose work mitigates Negritude’s undertheorization of the concept of history...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 175–186.
Published: 01 July 2020
...Charisse Burden-Stelly This essay offers a critical engagement with historian Peter James Hudson’s groundbreaking text Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean . It begins with an analysis of Hudson’s detailed account of the entanglements of the internationalization of US banking...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 197–207.
Published: 01 July 2020
...Peter James Hudson This essay offers a response to two critical commentaries—from diplomatic historian Brenda Gayle Plummer and political theorist Clarisse Burden-Stelly—on the author’s Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean . While locating both commentaries under...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 206–217.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Laurie R. Lambert In Moving Against the System: The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Making of Global Consciousness , David Austin continues his important work as the leading historian of 1960s black Montreal. Moving Against the System illuminates histories that are critical...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 1–15.
Published: 01 July 2021
... this nation has performed. By pursuing the issue of agency otherwise denied to any organism—be it political or intellectual—that departs from Western paradigms, the author aims to contribute to the call on critics and historians to rethink the ideologies that have informed and continue to inform the patterns...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 172–185.
Published: 01 July 2013
... the New World approach to the region. Titled “Paths to National Self-Discovery: USA and Puerto Rico,” it first appeared in 1956 and was written by Daniel J. Boorstin, a historian of the United States. Unlike conventional scholarship on the Caribbean, including the definitive work, The People of Puerto...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (3 (69)): 133–143.
Published: 01 November 2022
... history of personal and collective archival work, the author has at times found, in collaboration with literary peers, that Puerto Ricans often act as self-translators, archivists, and historians, while navigating the conditional visibility and general invisibilization of their modes of speech...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 59–66.
Published: 01 March 2023
... status as ancestor. Highlighting these processes of sacralization allows a critical rereading of how De Kom is inscribed in postcolonial politics of memory in the Netherlands. The focus by postcolonial historians on historical accuracy and reading archives against or “along the grain” is crucial...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 60–78.
Published: 01 July 2022
...Peter L. Haffner The late Marilyn Houlberg (1939–2012) was an artist, photographer, art historian, anthropologist, professor, curator, and collector. During her lifetime she helped advance the scholarship on and increase the recognition of artists from Haiti, particularly in her role as cocurator...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 18–36.
Published: 01 March 2016
... life of the country has been noted by twentieth-century ethnomusicologists and historians, yet a comprehensive musical “folk history of Haiti” (Harold Courlander) is inexistent, with much of the music of the revolutionary nineteenth century altered or lost through processes of oral transmission...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 205–224.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Huey Copeland Art historian Huey Copeland takes on Hortense J. Spillers's and Stephen Best's engagements with his book Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America (2013). In responding to the two essays, Copeland lays out the ideological conditions from which...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 55–71.
Published: 01 March 2014
.... 2014 The historians of these territories have not hesitated to generalise and have sometimes generalised extremely rashly from principles by no means based upon the findings of historical empiricism. —Elsa Goveia, A Study on the Historiography of the British West Indies Haiti is not weird...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 193–200.
Published: 01 July 2017
... be applied. It is also very much informed by my own preoccupations as a historian working in both Caribbean and European studies. Ultimately, I believe Non-Sovereign Futures , while unabashedly a work of anthropology, has much for historians of the region to consider deeply: our disciplinary conventions...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 193–202.
Published: 01 November 2013
... can be read as an argument that Trouillot wanted to have with historians, and—rightly or wrongly—it has been read as such, at least by some of them. 9 Careful to dissociate himself from the “crisis of representation” brewing in that discipline since the so-called multicultural wars of 1980s...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 154–167.
Published: 01 March 2012
... estimation of British capitalism’s debt to slavery, but the commission’s operations have since been consigned to the dustbin of British history.2 The discovery of an underutilized source is remarkable in itself, in such a closely plowed field of study. The neglect of this source by British historians...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (1): 145–156.
Published: 01 February 2008
... way of doing art history. Traditional art history has been plagued by a connoisseurial obsession with provenance and authenticity, art historians often doubling as experts, who, for instance, are called upon by auction houses to authenticate paintings or drawings of particular artists. The old...