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Richard Pithouse


This article examines a generally unremarked aspect of Thabo Mbeki’s presidency – his affirmation of the Haitian Revolution as an event of global import, and, in the face of considerable pressure, his support for the right of contemporary Haitians to determine their own future. It begins with a brief account of the Haitian Revolution, goes on to offer a sketch of the long attempt to contain the Revolution, outlines what has been at stake in recent Haitian politics, and its international reception, and then describes the positions taken by Mbeki with regard to Haiti.


Haitan Revolution; Mbeki; contemporary imperialism; liberalism

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