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Freedom Fighting: Race, Slavery and War in the Revolutionary Caribbean, 1790-1812 (HI2H6)

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Phone: 02476 523408 (internal extension 23408)
Office: FAB3.07

Office hours (no need to book):

  • Tuesday, 1.00-2.00
  • Wednesday, 10.00-10.00

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Talis Aspire

Module overview

Lecture times: Wednesday, 9-10 (FAB5.03)
Seminar times: Wednesday, 11-12 (OC1.09) and 12-1 (FAB1.12)

"I want Liberty and Equality to reign…Unite yourselves to us, and fight with us for the same cause" (Toussaint Louverture, August 1793).

This 15 CATS second-year undergraduate option module focuses on the tumultuous years across the European colonies of the Caribbean following the French Revolution and subsequent outbreak of war between Britain, France and Spain. The birth of Haiti, the first Black-led state, from the ashes of French Saint-Domingue in 1804 was the most significant event in this period. The module takes a wider perspective, however, examining how different social groups across the Caribbean, especially free and enslaved people of African descent, sought to survive in and shape the region by drawing on established beliefs, traditions and practices of warfare, as well as by seeking to mobilise, or suppress, new ideas of liberty.

Caribbean map (1804)

Toussaint Louverture

Incendie du Cap

Sanité Bélair

Invasion of Martinique

Leonard Parkinson