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Intimations of ModernityCivil Culture in Nineteenth-Century Cuba$
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Louis A. Pérez Jr.

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469631301

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631301.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Intimations of Modernity

Louis A. Pérez Jr.

University of North Carolina Press

The character of the history of Cuba was fixed early in the nineteenth century, at the about moment that Cubans imagined the need for a proper history of their own. From that time forward, historical knowledge of Cuba has hewed to a well-defined narrative arc, one shaped discursively around the formation of nation, something of a chronicle of national liberation given principally to the celebration of collective resolve and commemoration of individual valor. Much of the historical literature has been given to the heroic, an account of a people to whom is ascribed indomitable will confronting adversaries possessed of unyielding determination, from which are derived two principal narrative subsets of struggle: against colonialism (Spain) and against imperialism (the United States)....

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