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

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Oct 12, 1998 - History - 192 pages
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A century after the Cuban war for independence was fought, Louis Perez 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, Perez 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.


Perez examines historical accounts of the destruction of the battleship Maine, 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 century--and the way in which what happened was subsequently represented--has had far-reaching implications, many of which continue to resonate today.

  

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

User Review  - Todd Stansbury - Goodreads

I strongly approve of this book because it is a quick history of the war of 1898 (just like it says on the labels) while also exploring what the histories have said about it in the last century. This ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Todd Stansbury - Goodreads

I strongly approve of this book because it is a quick history of the war of 1898 (just like it says on the labels) while also exploring what the histories have said about it in the last century. This ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER 1 On Context and Condition
1
CHAPTER 2 Intervention and Intent
23
CHAPTER 3 Meaning of the Maine
57
CHAPTER 4 Constructing the Cuban Absence
81
From Memory to Consciousness
108

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About the author (1998)

Louis A. Perez Jr. is J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His books include Cuba: Between Reform and Revolution.

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