William S. Cormack. Patriots, Royalists, and Terrorists in the West Indies: The French Revolution in Martinique and Guadeloupe, 1789-1802. Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2019. 392 pp. $70.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4875-0395-6.
Reviewed by Grant Kleiser
"Whereas previous scholarship on French colonial experience has focused mostly on Saint-Domingue and the Haitian Revolution, Cormack illuminates Martinique and Guadeloupe’s neglected histories, which Cormack posits “should be seen as part of the larger story of the French Revolution”...Cormack argues that France’s revolutionary ideas, language, political culture, and news provided “a script for revolutionary action in the Windward Islands” that “helped shape developments in the colonies”...Indispensable for historians of Martinique and Guadeloupe, this work will also serve as important reading for scholars of the French Caribbean, French Revolution, and so-called French “First Empire.”"