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2006 Hard cover New. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 352 p. Contains: Illustrations. Envisioning Cuba (Hardcover).

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From 1895 to 1898, Cuban insurgents fought to free their homeland from Spanish rule. Though often overshadowed by the "Splendid Little War" of the Americans in 1898, the longer Spanish-Cuban conflict, according to John Tone, was in fact more remarkable, foreshadowing the wars of decolonization in the twentieth century.

Employing newly released evidence, including hospital records, intercepted Cuban letters, battle diaries from both sides, and Spanish administrative records, Tone offers new answers to old questions concerning the war. He examines the origin of Spain's genocidal policy of "reconcentration"; the causes of Spain's military difficulties; the condition, effectiveness, and popularity of the Cuban insurgency; the necessity of American intervention; and Spain's supposed foreknowledge of defeat.

The Spanish-Cuban-American war proved pivotal in the histories of all three countries involved. Tone's fresh analysis will provoke new discussions and debates among historians and human rights scholars as they reexamine the war in which the concentration camp was invented, Cuba was born, Spain lost its empire, and America gained an overseas empire.

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"An engagingly written book that offers new insights into the war. . . .This thought provoking book should be on many bookshelves."—The Past in Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807830062
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 3/13/2006
  • Series: Envisioning Cuba Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Tone is associate professor of history at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is author of the award-winning The Fatal Knot: The Guerrilla War in Navarre and the Defeat of Napoleon in Spain, also from The University of North Carolina Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 Eloy Gonzalo and the Disaster of War 1

2 The Origins of Cuban Independence 15

3 Jose Marti: A Dream of Cuba 31

4 Emilio Calleja and the Failure of Reform 43

5 Maximo Gomez and Total War 57

6 Antonio Maceo and the Battle of Peralejo 69

7 The Cuban Liberation Army 81

8 The Spanish Army 97

9 Arsenio Martinez Campos: Defending the Indefensible 113

10 Mal Tiempo and the Romance of the Machete 123

11 The Invasion of the West 139

12 Valeriano Weyler: The Butcher 153

13 The Death of Maceo 179

14 Reconcentration 193

15 The Monster and the Assassin 225

16 The Jingoes 239

17 Frascuelo versus Edison 251

18 The Splendid Disaster 273

Notes 289

Bibliography 315

Index 333

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