Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Western Hemisphere: The Structure of Cuban History: Meanings and Purpose of the Past

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Western Hemisphere: The Structure of Cuban History: Meanings and Purpose of the Past

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The Structure of Cuban History: Meanings and Purpose of the Past BY LOUIS A. PÉREZ, JR. University of North Carolina Press, 2013, 352 pp. $39.95.

Pérez, a masterful historian of Cuba, argues that whether Fidel Castro was motivated by heartfelt convictions or political opportunism, the Cuban leader undeniably understood the power of the past to drive contemporary politics. From the outset, Castro associated himself with the images and purposes of Cuba's national heroes and martyrs, casting himself as the standard-bearer of a hundred years of extraordinarily bloody struggles for national identity and dignity in the face of foreign imperialism-first Spanish, then American. Overtly hostile U.S. administrations inadvertently strengthened Castro's nationalist creden- tials. …

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