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On becoming Cuban : identity, nationality and culture /
Louis A. Pérez, Jr.
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 1999.
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xiv, 579 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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0807824879 (alk. paper)
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 1999.
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0807824879 (alk. paper)
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3233119
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Louis A. Perez Jr. is J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His books include The War of 1898: The United States and Cuba in History and Historiography and Cuba: Between Reform and Revolution.
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Explores the rich cultural ties between Cuba and the United States and reveals their startling influence on the way Cubans see themselves as a people and as a nation. In a sweeping multilayered history, P'rez explores the intertwined lives of Cubans and Americans from the late nineteenth century to the 1950s to show how deeply each nation influenced the other. Using an array of sources, from music to oral history to popular magazines and movies, he provides a convincing and kaleidoscopic interpretation filled with colorful personalities. He concludes with a brilliant discussion of the cultural context for Castro's uprising. -"Foreign Affairs"
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Explores the rich cultural ties between Cuba and the United States and reveals their startling influence on the way Cubans see themselves as a people and as a nation. ’In a sweeping multilayered history, PŽrez explores the intertwined lives of Cubans and Americans from the late nineteenth century to the 1950s to show how deeply each nation influenced the other. Using an array of sources, from music to oral history to popular magazines and movies, he provides a convincing and kaleidoscopic interpretation filled with colorful personalities. He concludes with a brilliant discussion of the cultural context for Castro•s uprising.Foreign Affairs
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Explores the rich cultural ties between Cuba and the United States and reveals their startling influence on the way Cubans see themselves as a people and as a nation. 'In a sweeping multilayered history, PŽrez explores the intertwined lives of Cubans and Americans from the late nineteenth century to the 1950s to show how deeply each nation influenced the other. Using an array of sources, from music to oral history to popular magazines and movies, he provides a convincing and kaleidoscopic interpretation filled with colorful personalities. He concludes with a brilliant discussion of the cultural context for Castro'_¢s uprising. Foreign Affairs
Flap Copy
Explores the rich cultural ties between Cuba and the United States and reveals their startling influence on the way Cubans see themselves as a people and as a nation. 'In a sweeping multilayered history, PŽrez explores the intertwined lives of Cubans and Americans from the late nineteenth century to the 1950s to show how deeply each nation influenced the other. Using an array of sources, from music to oral history to popular magazines and movies, he provides a convincing and kaleidoscopic interpretation filled with colorful personalities. He concludes with a brilliant discussion of the cultural context for Castro'¢s uprising.Foreign Affairs
Flap Copy
Explores the rich cultural ties between Cuba and the United States and reveals their startling influence on the way Cubans see themselves as a people and as a nation. OIn a sweeping multilayered history, P'rez explores the intertwined lives of Cubans and Americans from the late nineteenth century to the 1950s to show how deeply each nation influenced the other. Using an array of sources, from music to oral history to popular magazines and movies, he provides a convincing and kaleidoscopic interpretation filled with colorful personalities. He concludes with a brilliant discussion of the cultural context for Castro's uprising.Foreign Affairs
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1999-11-01:
Revelatory and engrossing, P‚rez's epic of U.S.-Cuban relations and their impact on the development of the Cuban character focuses not on international diplomacy or saber rattling, but on symbiotic personal contact. The study, which concentrates on the century leading up to the revolution of 1959, quickly makes clear that the Cuban presence in the U.S. is not an invention of the late 20th century. In fact, migration began in the 1850s; North Americans were conspicuous in Cuba as well, with industrialists and tradesmen settling there. Well-to-do islanders had their children educated stateside, while Cuban workers were trained on U.S.-built machinery. Thus, the U.S. became the undoing of Spanish colonialism, for Cuba had access to up-to-date technology well before its mother country. Later, during Prohibition, U.S. tourism transformed Cuba into a prime destination for indulgence and excess, while Cuban influences in American sports and music became ubiquitous. A professor of history at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, P‚rez argues that this familiarity with and dependence on the United States led, in part, to Castro's revolution, which he portrays as the logical extension of the bourgeois-democratic ideal that had initially attracted Cubans to the U.S. Refreshingly, P‚rez (The War of 1898) does not take sides. The clarity of his writing and his extensive research make this an important addition to Latin American studies. 70 illus., 70 maps. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Choice on 2000-03:
Perez has written a lucid analysis of Cuba's stormy historical relationship with the US from the middle 1800s, when Spain ruled the island, to the 1959 Revolution. Before Fidel Castro, the US not only exported its institutions (including baseball and Hollywood glamour) to Cuba but, as a byproduct of this cultural transference, also raised expectations about how government should function and how modernization would bring prosperity and stability. When this did not come about under dictator Fulgencio Batista, long supported by Washington, many Cubans cast their lot against the regime and the status quo. Further, the unqualified American rejection of Castro transformed the character of the Cuban revolution, promoting an inflammatory model based on the adversarial relationship. By challenging hierarchies, the revolution made it no longer possible to remain ambivalent or neutral, a friend of both worlds. One had to support Castro or else emigrate. This marvelously nuanced book should appeal to all educated readers. Extensively documented, it paints a detailed and convincing portrait of the long love-hate relationship between Cuba and US. On Becoming Cuban is arguably the most scholarly book written on its subject. All levels. R. M. Levine; University of Miami
Appeared in Library Journal on 1999-11-01:
Long-time Cuban expert P‚rez (history, Univ. of North Carolina) has written an important and groundbreaking historical study of Cuban culture from 1850 through the Cuban revolution in 1959. Showing that Cuban culture was greatly influenced by ever-present American culture and ideas, P‚rez argues that the distinction between what was Cuban and what was North American became blurred. Thus, his approach deemphasizes America's historical, political, and military influence in favor of cultural issues. P‚rez postulates that the Cuban revolution occurred when Cubans recognized the great distance between the reality of the Cuban economic and social situation and the goals of the Cuban/American dream. An important book on Cuba that will be of interest in most academic and large public library collections.ÄMark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
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A roving exploration of the formation of the Cuban national character from the early 1800's to 1961.New York Times
A roving exploration of the formation of the Cuban national character from the early 1800's to 1961. New York Times
A thoughtful exploration of Cuban-American relations.U.S. News & World Report Online
"A thoughtful exploration of Cuban-American relations." _ U.S. News & World Report Online
"A thoughtful exploration of Cuban-American relations." -- U.S. News & World Report Online
"A thoughtful exploration of Cuban-American relations." --U.S. News & World Report Online
A thoughtful exploration of Cuban-American relations. U.S. News & World Report Online
[P_rez] reveals how the United States and Cuba have . . . lodged themselves irrevocably in each other's imagination.Times Literary Supplement
[P'rez] reveals how the United States and Cuba have . . . lodged themselves irrevocably in each other's imagination.Times Literary Supplement
[P rez] reveals how the United States and Cuba have . . . lodged themselves irrevocably in each other's imagination. Times Literary Supplement
[PŽrez] reveals how the United States and Cuba have . . . lodged themselves irrevocably in each other's imagination.Times Literary Supplement
[PŽrez] reveals how the United States and Cuba have . . . lodged themselves irrevocably in each other's imagination. Times Literary Supplement
[PŽrez] reveals how the United States and Cuba have . . . lodged themselves irrevocably in each other's imagination.Times Literary Supplement
Revelatory and engrossing. . . . An important addition to Latin American Studies.Publishers Weekly
Revelatory and engrossing. . . . An important addition to Latin American Studies. Publishers Weekly
Superbly researched scholarly book.Los Angeles Times
Superbly researched scholarly book. Los Angeles Times
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Summaries
Long Description
With this masterful work, Louis A. P_rez Jr. will transform the way we view Cuba and its relationship with the United States. On Becoming Cuban is a sweeping cultural history of the sustained encounter between the peoples of the two countries and of the ways that this encounter helped shape Cubans' identity, nationality, and sense of modernity from the early 1850s until the revolution of 1959.Using an enormous range of Cuban and U.S. sources--from archival records and oral interviews to popular magazines, novels, and motion pictures--P_rez reveals a powerful web of everyday, bilateral connections between the United States and Cuba and shows how U.S. cultural forms had a critical influence on the development of Cubans' sense of themselves as a people and as a nation. He also articulates the cultural context for the revolution that erupted in Cuba in 1959. In the middle of the twentieth century, P_rez argues, when economic hard times and political crises combined to make Cubans painfully aware that their American-influenced expectations of prosperity and modernity would not be realized, the stage was set for revolution.
Main Description
With this masterful work, Louis A. Perez Jr. will transform the way we view Cuba and its relationship with the United States. ###On Becoming Cuban# is a sweeping cultural history of the sustained encounter between the peoples of the two countries and of the ways that this encounter helped shape Cubans' identity, nationality, and sense of modernity from the early 1850s until the revolution of 1959.Using an enormous range of Cuban and U.S. sources -- from archival records and oral interviews to popular magazines, novels, and motion pictures -- Perez reveals a powerful web of everyday, bilateral connections between the United States and Cuba and shows how U.S. cultural forms had a critical influence on the development of Cubans' sense of themselves as a people and as a nation. He also articulates the cultural context for the revolution that erupted in Cuba in 1959. In the middle of the twentieth century, Perez argues, when economic hard times and political crises combined to make Cubans painfullyaware that,their American-influenced expectations of prosperity and modernity would not be realized, the stage was set for revolution.
Main Description
With this masterful work, Louis A. P rez Jr. will transform the way we view Cuba and its relationship with the United States. On Becoming Cuban is a sweeping cultural history of the sustained encounter between the peoples of the two countries and of the ways that this encounter helped shape Cubans' identity, nationality, and sense of modernity from the early 1850s until the revolution of 1959. Using an enormous range of Cuban and U.S. sources--from archival records and oral interviews to popular magazines, novels, and motion pictures--P rez reveals a powerful web of everyday, bilateral connections between the United States and Cuba and shows how U.S. cultural forms had a critical influence on the development of Cubans' sense of themselves as a people and as a nation. He also articulates the cultural context for the revolution that erupted in Cuba in 1959. In the middle of the twentieth century, P rez argues, when economic hard times and political crises combined to make Cubans painfully aware that their American-influenced expectations of prosperity and modernity would not be realized, the stage was set for revolution.
Main Description
With this masterful work, Louis A. PŽrez Jr. will transform the way we view Cuba and its relationship with the United States.On Becoming Cubanis a sweeping cultural history of the sustained encounter between the peoples of the two countries and of the ways that this encounter helped shape Cubans' identity, nationality, and sense of modernity from the early 1850s until the revolution of 1959.Using an enormous range of Cuban and U.S. sources--from archival records and oral interviews to popular magazines, novels, and motion pictures--PŽrez reveals a powerful web of everyday, bilateral connections between the United States and Cuba and shows how U.S. cultural forms had a critical influence on the development of Cubans' sense of themselves as a people and as a nation. He also articulates the cultural context for the revolution that erupted in Cuba in 1959. In the middle of the twentieth century, PŽrez argues, when economic hard times and political crises combined to make Cubans painfully aware that their American-influenced expectations of prosperity and modernity would not be realized, the stage was set for revolution.
Main Description
With this masterful work, Louis A. Prez Jr. will transform the way we view Cuba and its relationship with the United States. On Becoming Cuban is a sweeping cultural history of the sustained encounter between the peoples of the two countries and of the ways that this encounter helped shape Cubans' identity, nationality, and sense of modernity from the early 1850s until the revolution of 1959. Using an enormous range of Cuban and U.S. sources_from archival records and oral interviews to popular magazines, novels, and motion pictures_Prez reveals a powerful web of everyday, bilateral connections between the United States and Cuba and shows how U.S. cultural forms had a critical influence on the development of Cubans' sense of themselves as a people and as a nation. He also articulates the cultural context for the revolution that erupted in Cuba in 1959. In the middle of the twentieth century, Prez argues, when economic hard times and political crises combined to make Cubans painfully aware that their American-influenced expectations of prosperity and modernity would not be realized, the stage was set for revolution.
Main Description
With this masterful work, Louis A. PŽrez Jr. will transform the way we view Cuba and its relationship with the United States. On Becoming Cuban is a sweeping cultural history of the sustained encounter between the peoples of the two countries and of the ways that this encounter helped shape Cubans' identity, nationality, and sense of modernity from the early 1850s until the revolution of 1959. Using an enormous range of Cuban and U.S. sources_from archival records and oral interviews to popular magazines, novels, and motion pictures_PŽrez reveals a powerful web of everyday, bilateral connections between the United States and Cuba and shows how U.S. cultural forms had a critical influence on the development of Cubans' sense of themselves as a people and as a nation. He also articulates the cultural context for the revolution that erupted in Cuba in 1959. In the middle of the twentieth century, PŽrez argues, when economic hard times and political crises combined to make Cubans painfully aware that their American-influenced expectations of prosperity and modernity would not be realized, the stage was set for revolution.
Main Description
With this masterful work, Louis A. PŽrez Jr. will transform the way we view Cuba and its relationship with the United States.On Becoming Cubanis a sweeping cultural history of the sustained encounter between the peoples of the two countries and of the ways that this encounter helped shape Cubans' identity, nationality, and sense of modernity from the early 1850s until the revolution of 1959.Using an enormous range of Cuban and U.S. sources--from archival records and oral interviews to popular magazines, novels, and motion pictures--PŽrez reveals a powerful web of everyday, bilateral connections between the United States and Cuba and shows how U.S. cultural forms had a critical influence on the development of Cubans' sense of themselves as a people and as a nation. He also articulates the cultural context for the revolution that erupted in Cuba in 1959. In the middle of the twentieth century, PŽrez argues, when economic hard times and political crises combined to make Cubans painfully aware that their American-influenced expectations of prosperity and modernity would not be realized, the stage was set for revolution.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 5
Binding Familiaritiesp. 16
Sources of the Beginningp. 17
Defining Differencesp. 24
Meanings in Transitionp. 39
Toward Definitionp. 51
Affirmation of Affinityp. 60
Nationality in Formationp. 83
Persistence of Patternsp. 96
The Long Warp. 97
Design without a Planp. 104
The Order of the Newp. 125
Terms of Adaptationp. 161
Image of Identityp. 165
Travel as Transformationp. 166
Representation of Rhythmp. 198
Points of Contact, Sources of Conflictp. 219
The Meaning of the Millp. 220
The Presence of the Naval Stationp. 238
The Evangelical Missionp. 242
Baseball and Becomingp. 255
Sources of Possessionp. 279
Between Image and Imaginingp. 280
The Promise of Possibilitiesp. 325
Configurations of Nationalityp. 343
Assembling Alternativesp. 354
In Pursuit of Purposep. 355
Between Arrangement and Arrivalp. 399
Miami Meditationsp. 432
Illusive Expectationsp. 445
The Reality of Experiencep. 446
Lengthening Shadowsp. 469
Revolutionp. 477
Tablesp. 507
Notesp. 517
Indexp. 571
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