Cuban Cultural Heritage: A Rebel Past for a Revolutionary Nation (Cultural Heritage Studies) (Hardcover)

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The role of cultural heritage and museums in constructing national identity in postcolonial Cuba

During Fidel Castro's rule, Cuban revolutionaries coopted and reinterpreted the previous bourgeois national narrative of Cuba, aligning it with revolutionary ideology through the use of heritage and public symbols. By changing uses of the past in the present, they were able to shift ideologies, power relations, epistemological conceptions, and economic contexts into the Cuba we know today.

Cuban Cultural Heritage explores the role that cultural heritage and museums played in the construction of a national identity in postcolonial Cuba. Starting with independence from Spain in 1898 and moving through Cuban-American rapprochement in 2014, Pablo Alonso Gonz lez illustrates how political and ideological shifts have influenced ideas about heritage and how, in turn, heritage has been used by different social actors to reiterate their status, spread new ideologies, and consolidate political regimes.

Unveiling the connections between heritage, power, and ideology, Alonso Gonz lez delves into the intricacies of Cuban history, covering key issues such as Cuba's cultural and political relationships with Spain, the United States, the Soviet Union, and so-called Third World countries; the complexities of Cuba's status as a postcolonial state; and the potential future paths of the Revolution in the years to come. This volume offers a detailed look at the function and place of cultural heritage under socialist states.

A volume in the series Cultural Heritage Studies, edited by Paul A. Shackel

Publication of the paperback edition made possible by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the Author

Pablo Alonso Gonzalez is postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. He is the author of several books, including Cultural Parks and National Heritage Areas: Assembling Cultural Heritage, Development and Spatial Planning.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813056630
ISBN-10: 0813056632
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication Date: January 16th, 2018
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Cultural Heritage Studies