Paper Talk – Counterfeit Empire : Speculative Currency and the 1825 Haitian Indemnity

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Thursday, November 2, 2023, at 12.00 pm to 1.30 pm EST

Arielle Alterwaite will present her paper on Haitian money in the first half of the nineteenth century to tell the story of how, by the mid-1840s, the more coffee Haitians sold and exported the more profitable Haitian sovereign debt became for private interests.

Stephen Mihm (University of Georgia) and Rebecca Spang (Indiana University) will be the discussants and Kim Oosterlinck (Université Libre de Bruxelles) will chair the session.

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This event is part of the “Haiti Seminar” which explores the legacy of Haiti’s “odious debt” that started with the indemnification of slave owners imposed by the French government in 1825 as a condition for acknowledging Haiti’s sovereignty. Building on this crucial historical episode, the seminar provides a venue for researchers interested in the international politics of debt, money, and state-making.

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