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Haiti, rising flames from burning ashes : Haiti the phoenix /
Hyppolite Pierre.
imprint
Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, c2006.
description
xiii, 374 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0761833692 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780761833697 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, c2006.
isbn
0761833692 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780761833697 (pbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6005192
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [359]-362) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Hyppolite Pierre is Adjunct Professor of Comparative Politics at the Community College of Baltimore
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2007-02-01:
Pierre (politics, Community College of Baltimore) believes that Haiti will "remain a banana republic" so long as his country fails to value human life and "realize the counterproductive effects of political violence." It is a country, he says, "stuck in the mud of intellectual and even emotional archaism." Pierre wants Haiti to respect and value its people, and he wants them to become true democrats. These well-meant pieties are neither supported nor elaborated upon throughout the bulk of his lengthy attempt to explain why Haiti is the poorest and least well-governed country in the Western Hemisphere. After six descriptive chapters on the Haitian political tragedy before 1915 and Haiti's failure to create effective modern political parties before the 1990s, Pierre offers four chapters on the period from the first US occupation through the despotic presidency of Francois (Papa Doc) Duvalier. His discussion of the troubled reign of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is perfunctory. Pierre comments more on personalities than political dynamics, and offers hardly any new or telling analyses. His book is based on secondary sources, but it betrays little acquaintance with important scholarship on Haitian political and economic history. This is not an acceptable introduction to the Haitian crisis. ^BSumming Up: Not recommended. R. I. Rotberg Harvard University
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Hyppolite Pierre has written an important and provocative book, one that should enhance his reputation as a voice to be reckoned with in Haitian political circles.Pierre's strategy of grounding his argument in the unfulfilled revolution of 1804 is insightful and wise...He brings impressive historical knowledge to the task and deftly uses the context of Haitian independence.
Hyppolite Pierre has emerged as one of the most thoughtful and provocative young Haitian scholars in the United States....Pierre's diagnosis of Haiti's political ailments is dead-on.... As Pierre passionately argues in his new work, although more than two hundred years have passed since gaining independence, most Haitians can barely perceive their freedom in the midst of the lawlessness and deprivation that threatens to keep both democracy and development at bay.
...Haiti, Rising Flames From Burning Ashes is a seminal work, which dissects the country's embattled past and seeks answers to the complex sociopolitical and economic problems plaguing this developing nation. This fascinating historical work will be useful for policymakers, NGOs and those seeking to eradicate Haiti's problems.
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Summaries
Long Description
Haiti, Rising Flames from Burning Ashes is a brutally honest and precise historical analysis of Haiti and a discussion of how the political system can be reformed to promote democracy, a vibrant economy, and cultural integration. In contrast to traditional theory, Haiti, Rising Flames from Burning Ashes explores the distribution of powers rather than the separation of powers as a solution to Haiti's political and cultural chaos.
Long Description
Haiti, Rising Flames from Burning Ashes is a brutally honest and precise historical analysis of Haiti. It is also a discussion of how the political system can be reformed to promote democracy, a vibrant economy, and cultural integration. The book begins with the assassination of the independence leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines in 1806, and continues through the three subsequent leaders, dubbed The Three Musketeers by the author, and their role in Haiti's current philosophical and structural makeup. In contrast to traditional theory, Haiti, Rising Flames from Burning Ashes explores the distribution of powers rather than the separation of powers as a solution to Haiti's political and cultural chaos.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Power in Haiti: 1804-1915
The Struggle for Power at the Genesis of Haitip. 3
Christophe's Governance and the Birth of a Political Philosophy in Haitip. 9
Petion's Governancep. 17
Power Consolidation: The Third Musketeer's Final Touchp. 31
The Rise of the Traditionalistsp. 51
The Birth of a Modern Haitian Political Partyp. 63
From 1915 On: Occupation & American Supremacy in Haiti
The Failure of the State and the First American Occupationp. 77
1946-1956: The Last Ten Years of Progressp. 93
The Rise of Violence and Incompetence: Haiti's Final Debacle 1956-2004p. 101
The Historical and Contemporary Challenges for Haitip. 121
Reforming the State to Benefit the Nation
The Road to Modernityp. 135
Revolutions: Radical and Incremental Processesp. 141
The Role of a Militaryp. 173
Haiti and the Concept of Powerp. 187
Political Parties in Haiti's Distributive Power Processp. 205
The CEP and the Importance of an Institutionp. 227
The Role of the Mediap. 245
State Institutions and Powerp. 249
The Judiciaryp. 259
Legislators Fulfilling Their Missionp. 279
The Executive Branch: Haiti's True Achilles' Heel (The failings of autocratic rule)p. 287
Empowering the Peoplep. 303
Culture, Politics and the Law in Haitip. 307
The Diaspora and the Loss of Confidence in Aristide's Haitip. 323
Facing the Challenges of Developmentp. 343
Notesp. 352
Bibliographyp. 359
Indexp. 363
About the Authorp. 375
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