War of 1898 The United States and Cuba in History and Historiography

ISBN-10: 0807847429
ISBN-13: 9780807847428
Edition: 1998
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Description: A century after the Cuban war for independence was fought, Louis Pérez examines the meaning of the war of 1898 as represented in one hundred years of American historical writing. Offering both a critique of the conventional historiography and an  More...

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 10/12/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.12" wide x 9.25" long x 0.53" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

A century after the Cuban war for independence was fought, Louis Pérez examines the meaning of the war of 1898 as represented in one hundred years of American historical writing. Offering both a critique of the conventional historiography and an alternate history of the war informed by Cuban sources, Pérez explores the assumptions that have shaped our understanding of the "Spanish-American War"a construct, he argues, that denies the Cubans' participation in their own struggle for liberation from Spanish rule. Pérez examines historical accounts of the destruction of the battleshipMaine, the representation of public opinion as a precipitant of war, and the treatment of the military campaign in Cuba. Equally important, he shows how historical narratives have helped sustain notions of America's national purpose and policy, many of which were first articulated in 1898. Cuba insinuated itself into one of the most important chapters of U.S. history, and what happened on the island in the final decade of the nineteenth centuryand the way in which what happened was subsequently representedhas had far-reaching implications, many of which continue to resonate today.

A former staff writer for the Miami Herald, Rodrigo Lazo is assistant professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.

Contents
Preface Chronology
On Context and Condition
Intervention and Intent
Meaning of the Maine
Constructing the Cuban Absence
1898 to 1998: From Memory to Consciousness
Notes
Bibliographical
Essay Index

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