War and Genocide in Cuba, 1895-1898

War and Genocide in Cuba, 1895-1898

by John Lawrence Tone
     
 

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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, according to John Tone, the longer Spanish-Cuban conflict was in fact more remarkable, foreshadowing the wars of decolonization in the twentieth century.

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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, according to John Tone, the longer Spanish-Cuban conflict 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.

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, according to John Tone, the longer Spanish-Cuban conflict was in fact more remarkable, foreshadowing the wars of decolonization in the twentieth century.

Employing newly released evidence, 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 introduces new topics for discussion and debate among historians and human rights scholars as they reexamine the war in which the concentration camp was invented, Cuba was born, Spain lost its last American colonies, 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807877302
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
12/08/2006
Series:
Envisioning Cuba
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
2 MB

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[Tone] has written a welcome, concise history of the Cuban War for Independence in which he succeeds in setting out clearly the complexities of this prolonged war of liberation that turned out to be a tragedy, in one form or another, for both the Cubans and the Spanish. . . . More than a hundred years later, and at a time when Cuba is once more on the verge of possible historic change, [War and Genocide in Cuba] is a book that deserves a wide audience.—Colonial Latin American Historical Review

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