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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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Anticipation of the Past

Anticipation of the Past

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The Structure of Cuban History

Louis A. Jr. Pérez

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter looks at the role of the past in the Cuban “present”. The past was everywhere, in education and at home, celebrated in song and art, drama and fiction. The past was a living history. So much had happened in such a small space of time. Almost everywhere in Cuba, memory passed for history or served as a representation of history. Narratives of memory developed into one of the principal sources of historical knowledge: retellings. This gave history an emotional charge. Memory served as a means to integrate Cubans in a historically informed conception of nation. Cubans all through the first half of the twentieth century lived with and within their history.

Keywords:   Cuban history, memory, retelling, nation, republic, representation of history

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