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

Louis A. Perez Jr.


This expansive and contemplative history of Cuba 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 ... More

Keywords: Cuba, liberation project, revolutionary metaphysics, national sovereignty, Cubans, indepdendence, revolution of 1959, Cuban nationality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781469606927
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469608860_Perez


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louis A. Perez Jr., author