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Reverberations of RevolutionTransnational Perspectives, 1770-1850$
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Elizabeth Amann and Michael Boyden

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474481588

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474481588.001.0001

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Reverberations of the Haitian Revolution: Media, Narratives and Political Debates, 1791–1863

Reverberations of the Haitian Revolution: Media, Narratives and Political Debates, 1791–1863

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(p.115) Chapter 6 Reverberations of the Haitian Revolution: Media, Narratives and Political Debates, 1791–1863
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Reverberations of Revolution
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Florian Kappeler

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474481588.003.0007

Florian Kappeler’s chapter examines reactions to the Haitian Revolution in the German-speaking world. After the defeat of Napoleon’s army in 1803, discussion of the events in Haiti was heavily censored in France. In German-speaking countries, however, the events were debated in historico-political journals and later in historical monographs. As Kappeler shows, German writers focused primarily on three issues: racial equality, the potential economic impact of the abolition of slavery, and the question of whether the events in Haiti were simply an imitation of the French Revolution or an independent phenomenon. Although writers disagreed about these issues, the debates called into question the ideologies of racism, slavery and Eurocentrism in significant ways.

Keywords:   Haitian Revolution, nineteenth-century German political journals, nineteenth-century German historiography, abolition of slavery

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