The Structure of Cuban History: Meanings and Purpose of the Past

The Structure of Cuban History: Meanings and Purpose of the Past

by Louis A. Pérez

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In this expansive and contemplative history of Cuba, Louis A. Perez Jr. argues that the country's memory of the past served to transform its unfinished nineteenth-century liberation project into a twentieth-century revolutionary metaphysics. The ideal of national sovereignty that was anticipated as the outcome of Spain's defeat in 1898 was heavily compromised by the U.S. military intervention that immediately followed. To many Cubans it seemed almost as if the new nation had been overtaken by another country's history.
Memory of thwarted independence and aggrievement--of the promise of sovereignty ever receding into the future--contributed to the development in the early republic of a political culture shaped by aspirations to fulfill the nineteenth-century promise of liberation, and it was central to the claim of the revolution of 1959 as the triumph of history. In this capstone book, Perez discerns in the Cuban past the promise that decisively shaped the character of Cuban nationality.

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ISBN-13: 9781469608860
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/16/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Louis A. Perez Jr. is J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the Academia de la Historia de Cuba, Perez is author, most recently, of Cuba in the American Imagination: Metaphor and the Imperial Ethos.

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A thought-provoking and thoughtful assessment of historical ideas of Cuba and Cubanness, as they were forged, interrupted, disputed, imagined, fulfilled for some, and contested by many, from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries—all at the hands of a masterful historian of Cuba.—Jorge I. Dominguez, Harvard University

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