The Myth of Jos
Conflicting Nationalisms in Early Twentieth-Century Cuba
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Subject: History, Political Science | University of North Carolina
Print ISBN: 9.78E+12
eBook ISBN: 9780807876381
As Guerra explains, some nationalists supported incorporating foreign investment and values, while others sought social change through the application of an authoritarian model of electoral politics; still others sought a democratic government with social and economic justice. But for all factions, the image of Marti became the principal means by which Cubans attacked, policed, and discredited one another to preserve their own vision over others'. Guerra's examination demonstrates how competing historical memories and battles for control of a weak state explain why polarity, rather than consensus on the idea of the "nation" and the character of the Cuban state, came to define Cuban politics throughout the twentieth century.