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Intimations of Modernity: Civil Culture in Nineteenth-Century Cuba

Louis A. Pérez Jr.


Louis A. Pérez Jr.’s new history of nineteenth-century Cuba chronicles in fascinating detail the emergence of an urban middle class that was imbued with new knowledge and moral systems. Fostering innovative skills and technologies, these Cubans became deeply implicated in an expanding market culture during the sugar production boom and prior to independence. Contributing to the cultural history of capitalism in Latin America, Pérez argues that such creoles were cosmopolitans with powerful transnational affinities and an abiding identification with modernity. This period of Cuban history is usu ... More

Keywords: Cuba, middle class, capitalism, modernity, gender equality, fan, abanico, bicycle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469631301
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631301.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louis A. Pérez Jr., author
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill