Haiti and the Making of the Modern World

Oct. 14, 2020, 2 p.m.

Most accounts of the modern world, or ‘modernity’, define it in relation to the processes of industrialization and democratization that were seen to occur in Western Europe and North America in the long nineteenth century. Such narratives rarely acknowledge other historical events and processes – such as colonization and enslavement and the resistance to these processes – as equally significant in the ‘making of the modern world’. In this event, we examine the Haitian Revolution, which occurred around the same time as the French and American Revolutions, and discuss its contribution to the making of the modern world.

This event served as a launch for the Connected Sociologies Curriculum Project, a project designed to support the transformation of school, college, and university curricula through a critical engagement with the broader histories that have shaped modern societies. It is an open access resource for students and teachers alike.

This was an online event on the 14th of October 2020. A recording of the event will be made available shortly.