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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 the...
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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 to an...
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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...
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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 and...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 1–6.
Published: 01 March 2014
... 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 in...
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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 (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 172–185.
Published: 01 July 2013
... 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 (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 55–71.
Published: 01 March 2014
... Roberts, The Caribbean: The Story of Our Sea of Destiny (New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1940), 13; W. Adolphe Roberts, The French in the West Indies (New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1942). 26 On the mandate of the first generation of Caribbean historians at the University of the West Indies, see Higman...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 193–200.
Published: 01 July 2017
... interventions and tests how widely they can 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...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 193–202.
Published: 01 November 2013
.... 8 Silencing the Past 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...
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Small Axe (2001) 5 (2): 186–187.
Published: 01 September 2001
.... (1942–1980) was a historian of great brilliance and a political activist of deep commitment. He was a founder of the Working People’s Alliance in Guyana and the author of Groundings with My Brothers (1969), * e History of the Upper Guinea Coast, 1545–1800 (1970), How Europe Underdeveloped Africa...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 208–219.
Published: 01 March 2019
... against their oppressors, contemporary observers and later historians understood the last decade of the 1700s and the first decade of the 1800s as a remarkable time—even before the final and the hitherto unimaginable emergence of the free black republic of Haiti in 1804. However, without contradicting the...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (1): 145–156.
Published: 01 February 2008
... reordering of the usual 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...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 220–228.
Published: 01 March 2019
... a historian’s historian rather than as an artist, I plot to take those questions—unsurprisingly—back to the archive. I will not find answers there, but I hope to find many, many things that taken together, read and reread, will open the possibilities for imagination and, as James reminded us, the...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (2): 168–178.
Published: 01 September 2003
... HHallall plantation colonies) and naturalized.” Th e term “indenture” was, she argues, forged “in the crucible of empire,” but historians have failed to recognize this and have continued to use it as if it were a neutral description (hence her critique of my uncritical use of the debates over labor...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 154–167.
Published: 01 March 2012
... historians is nothing short of astonishing. The Slave Compensation Commission distributed no less than £20 million between 1834 and 1845, which was “the largest single financial operation undertaken by the British state to date.”3 No 1 Nicholas Draper, The Price of Emancipation: Slave-Ownership...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 53–66.
Published: 01 July 2020
... open the archive to a larger audience through digitization. Sweden Swedish colonialism Swedish slavery colonial archives Saint-Barthélemy Caribbean digital humanities Many historians, when opening a rarely read document, have heard the faint sound—and felt the grains—of the sand used to...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (2): 209–216.
Published: 01 June 2007
... John Carter Brown Library was sponsoring a conference on the Haitian Revolution. I was the only novelist attending. There was one scholar of comparative literature (Léon-François Hoffman) and one anthropologist (Sidney Mintz). The rest were historians of the Haitian Revolution—many rising stars...