An Introduction

Revolutions are complex.  As a fundamental change in structure and power within a small time period, revolutions are multi-faceted events.

Often, we think of historical events as occurring in a vacuum, yet this is not the case. Each moment in history is influenced and impacted by everything that came before. When examining a revolution we have to consider a variety of different influences.

With this in mind, this resource is set up to explore what, if any, relationship existed between the French Revolution of 1789 and the Haitian Revolution of 1791.  Our approach covers a variety of topics ranging from minorities groups, types of violence, and even the effects of international relations.

It is the overall mission of our resource is to help with your understanding of each revolution and allow you to determine what, if any, relationship exists between the two.  This resource is meant to be a supplement to anyone currently learning about the French or Haitian Revolutions.  For a refresher of the overarching narrative, the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has compiled an excellent resource.  Here you’ll find a narrative of events, a discussion of themes, and primary sources.  

Inside you’ll find some interesting and unique ways to explore this content. There is a visual web of interactions between different leaders (called a Gephi), a timeline that also incorporates geo-coordinates (called a Timemapper), and even a section on counter-factual history.


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