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Peasants and Poverty: A Study of Haiti
Peasants and Poverty: A Study of Haiti
By Mats Lundahl
St. Martin's, 1979, 699 pp

A long and intense analysis, basically economic, of every corner in the peasant sector, concluding, inter alia, that the Haitian peasant "is not being exploited by any of the typical villains of the rural economy. Instead, his main enemy is the Government." There are interesting observations on political lethargy, which dates from the abolition of slavery and the creation of a large freeholder class that evolved in isolation; and there is a hint of Toynbee: "Inaction for more than a century has made the peasant incapable of making his voice heard."