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Black Spartacus

Sudhir Hazareesingh

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Sudhir Hazareesingh's biography of Toussaint Louverture, formerly enslaved person and Haitian revolutionary hero, seeks to uncover the real man behind the myth.


Black Spartacus

Black Spartacus

by Sudhir Hazareesingh


The Haitian Revolution began in 1789 in the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue and ended after 12 years of bloody conflict. The historic revolution, which led to the establishment of the world's first independent black state, came to be embodied in one man: a formerly enslaved revolutionary named Touissant Louverture.

Sudhir Hazareesingh is a British-Mauritian historian at Balliol College, Oxford. A winner of the 2021 Wolfson History Prize, Black Spartacus provides an authoritative and engaging biography of one of the most important revolutionaries in history.

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Toussaint epitomized the uniqueness of Saint-Domingue's revolution. It was the age's most comprehensive example of radical change, combining democratic and republican goals with an emphasis on racial equality.

- Sudhir Hazareesingh

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