Historical Pre-Conditions of the Origin of the Cuban Nation

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This study examines the highlights of annexationism in the 1850's when Cuban Annexationists found strong support from some American groups after the Texas annexation and the Mexican-American war. Examines the significance of annexationism in three areas: as representing one step beyond the early Creole reformism; introducing into the political climate the acceptability of armed struggle; and adding to the sense of separate Cuban community and identity, not least with the debates it engendered, especially that between the essentially European cultural nationalism of Saco, and Cisneros Betancourt's logic of economic integration with the U.S. and hence protection by its growing power.


"Opatrny gives due consideration to the economic dimension, as well as the threat of Americanisation, population development, and the independence movement, linking economic and political factors." - British Bulletin of Publications,

". . . a wide-ranging conclusion and an extensive selected bibliography. . . . he analyzes the theoretical aspect of the formation of nations, and demonstrates a wide knowledge of Marxist and non-Marxist approaches as well as an ability to deal with Latin American problems in terms of concrete historical development. The author's broad background enables him to compare development in Cuba with similar processes in Europe and on the American continent. . . . presents a comprehensive survey of the topic and will surely stimulate discussion, for it not only embodies a well-defined theoretical and methodological approach, but also demonstrates an outstanding grasp of Cuban history." - Horst Pietschmann

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