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The Structure of Cuban HistoryMeanings and Purpose of the Past$
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Louis A. Perez Jr.

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469606927

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469608860_Perez

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The Structure of Cuban History
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Louis A. Jr. Pérez

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469606927.003.0002

In 1898 the war for independence ended. Cuba emerged from this war devastated. Cubans had been relentless in their demand for national sovereignty. It had been a total war. This chapter examines the state of Cuba immediately following the war. It was not clear how Cuba would get back on track and find a peace for themselves. The war had shattered life. Conditions were desperate. Vast numbers of Cubans had sacrificed family and fortune in the pursuit of a nation of their own. The experience shaped the people they became. Much of the destruction was purposeful, self-inflicted, and the result of the method Cubans had chosen to wage war for independence.

Keywords:   war, Cuba, national sovereignty, destruction, Cubans

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