This revisionist anthology attempts to bridge the periods before and after the Spanish-American War and the occupation of Cuba by the United States, which is to say the time before and after Cuba gained its independence from Spain and established a republican form of government under American control. Contrary to the dominant historiography that sees the years around 1898 as a great divide, a period of rupture and discontinuity and, in particular, a moment of failure due to foreign intervention, uncertainty, and illegitimacy, this collection of essays aims at establishing that there was at the time “deep continuity in processes of liberal state- and nation-building” (p. 7). Despite postwar foreign occupation, liberalism did not die and democratic modernity was not halted. As per several of the authors, not only was there remarkable continuity in the political realm, but science, culture, and civic...
Book Review|November 01 2016
State of Ambiguity: Civic Life and Culture in Cuba's First Republic
Hispanic American Historical Review (2016) 96 (4): 751-753.