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By Kirwin R. Shaffer

ISBN-10: 0813027918

ISBN-13: 9780813027913

This is the 1st serious in-depth research of the anarchist flow in Cuba within the 3 many years after the republic's independence from Spain in 1898. Kirwin Shaffer exhibits that anarchists performed a significant--until now little-known--role between Cuban leftists in shaping problems with healthiness, schooling, immigration, the surroundings, and working-class internationalism. additionally they criticized the nation of racial politics, cultural practices, and the stipulations of kids and girls at the island.
            within the chaotic new nation, contributors of the anarchist stream interpreted the battle for Independence and the innovative rules of patriot José Martí from a miles left viewpoint, embarking on a national debate with the bigger Cuban institution approximately what it intended to be "Cuban." To counter the dominant tradition, the anarchists created their very own projects to assist people--schools, healthiness institutes, vegetarian eating places, theater and fiction writing teams, and low demands nudism--and therefore they challenged either the present elite and the U.S. army forces that occupied the country.
Shaffer additionally specializes in what anarchists did to arrange the hundreds for a social revolution. whereas lots of their beliefs flowed from Europe, and particularly from Spain, their courses, criticisms, and literature mirrored the specifics of Cuban truth and appealed to Cuba's renowned sessions. utilizing theories on working-class internationalism, countercultures, pop culture, and social events, Shaffer analyzes archival documents, pamphlets, newspapers, and novels, displaying how the anarchist stream in republican Cuba contributed to shaping the country's early leftist innovative agenda.
             Shaffer's portrait of the clash among anarchists and their enemies illuminates the a number of forces that pervaded existence at the island within the twentieth century, till the increase of the Gerardo Machado dictatorship within the Twenties. this crucial publication areas anarchism in its rightful ancient position as an essential present inside of Cuban radical political culture. 

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They pushed an “anti-imperialist” and “internationalist” agenda in the island’s war for independence; they saw the struggle not as a “nationalist” revolt, but as one link in the chain of an international anarchist revolution against all states, capital, and religion. Following independence, anarchists adopted popular symbols of the war in their struggle to free the island from what they saw as a coercive state apparatus that had replaced Spanish rule but not altered power relations throughout society.

15 Beyond Spanish-speaking anarchists in the United States and Cuba, the international anarchist community also was divided on whether to support the independence struggle. French anarchists who made up the bulk of the Parisbased French Committee for a Free Cuba supported the fight for independence; their support followed the lines of the 1892 Worker’s Congress Manifesto. Leading anarchist intellectuals and organizers like Peter Kropotkin in London and Emma Goldman in the United States remained neutral; they understood how anarchists could see this as a great opportunity to cast off colonial rule, but they remained unconvinced that anarchists could thwart the nationalists.

The Pact of Zanjón ended the Ten Years War (1868–1878); Cubans failed to gain their two primary objectives of independence and immediate abolition. Cuba for All | 41 In 1879 the Guerra Chiquita (1879–1880) erupted in eastern Cuba when popular black leaders refused to submit to the 1878 peace treaty and return to the plantations. ”5 In essence, Afro-Cuban participation in this second war for independence complemented the growing dimensions of popular nationalism. The nationalist struggle to throw off Spain came to include demands for broad social and economic transformation.

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