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Émigrés and Transimperial Politics: Pierre Victor Malouet and the Fate of Saint Domingue

  • Patrick HarrisEmail author
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Abstract

Over the course of eight years of exile in Britain, Pierre Victor Malouet assumed many vocations: diplomat, lobbyist, propagandist, advisor to the Pitt ministry, and an attempted kidnapper of Toussaint Louverture’s teenaged sons. His career underscores the deep involvement of émigrés in British wartime policy in the Caribbean. Through a delicate policy of triangulation, Malouet sought both the preservation of the racial hierarchy of Saint Domingue and its eventual restoration to France. These interventions became an important means by which British imperial policy was interwoven with distinctively French perspectives and debates surrounding empire, slavery, and the fundamentals of political order. This transimperial space of émigré politics in turn generated an impulse toward international consensus that presaged many of the dynamics of nineteenth-century empire.

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