Haiti is a country which, until the earthquake of 2010, remained largely outside the focus of world interest and outside the important international historical currents during its existence as a free nation. The nineteenth century was the decisive period in Haitian history, serving to shape the class structure, the political tradition and the economic system. During most of this period, Haiti had little contact with both its immediate neighbours and the industrialised nations of the world, which led to the development of Haiti as a peasant nation. This title, first published in 1979, examines the factors responsible for the poverty of the Haitian peasant, by using both traditional economic models as well as a multidisciplinary approach incorporating economics and other branches of social science. The analysis deals primarily with the Haitian peasant economy from the early 1950s to the early 1970s, examining in depth the explanations for the secular tendency of rural per capita incomes to decline during this period.

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Table of Contents

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Map of Haiti

chapter 1|26 pages

Introduction and Summary

chapter 2|54 pages

The Peasant Economy

chapter 4|66 pages

Poverty and the Market

chapter 5|68 pages


chapter 6|42 pages

Land Reform

chapter 7|68 pages

The Passive Government

chapter 8|44 pages

Haitian Public Finance

chapter 9|44 pages

Malnutrition and Disease

chapter 10|50 pages

The Role of Education

chapter 11|54 pages

Problems of Rural Credit

chapter 12|66 pages

Resistance to Innovation