UCL Institute of the Americas


Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution

16 February 2022, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Cover of the Brazilian edition of Sudhir Hazareesingh's book 'Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture', © Zamar

An event part of the UCL Americas Caribbean Seminar Series

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Toussaint Louverture was one of the principal leaders of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), a series of radical transformations which began with a revolt of the enslaved population in the French colony of Saint-Domingue and culminated in the proclamation of the world's first postcolonial black state. This paper will focus on Toussaint's originality as a republican thinker, military strategist, and statesman, and evaluate his wider impact on modern revolutionary culture and mythology.

Professor Sudhir Hazareesingh
About the speaker

Professor Sudhir Hazareesingh teaches politics at Balliol College, Oxford, and specialises in French intellectual and political history since the Revolution. The talk will be based around his latest book, Black Spartacus: the epic life of Toussaint Louverture (Allen Lane, 2020), which won the 2021 Wolfson Prize.

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