Whose America?: The War of 1898 and the Battles to Define the Nation (Hardback)
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Whose America?: The War of 1898 and the Battles to Define the Nation (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 30/08/2001
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In the midst of the culture wars raging in the United States, this book recovers a part of U.S. history that some wish to forget--the war of 1898. With the war, U.S. policymakers terminated more than four centuries of Spanish colonial rule in the region and launched a paradigm for U.S.-Latin American relations that dominated the 20th century. The war inaugurated an era of profound change not only in U.S. policy toward Latin America, but also in regional cultures and identities within the United States, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.

Virginia M. Bouvier underscores the importance of the war in defining American identities. Contributors discuss such items as Spanish perspectives on the U.S. role in the conflict, the multiple and conflicted identities of the Cuban emigre community, and the capacity of gender discourse to explain Congressional actions. A final bibliographic essay reviews recent scholarship on the war. Scholars, students, and researchers involved with American and Latin American history will find this collection particularly valuable.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275967949
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An excellent collection of essays on various aspects of the War of 1898 and its consequenses. This was indeed marked a turning point in U.S. history and it is wel worth pondering its significance. It is also rather depressing, for as the book's editor, Virginia Bouvier, suggests in her introduction, the arrogance, sense of superiority and right to hegemony, served up with pious assertions of noble intentions, which so characterized U.S. conduct of the War of 1898, foreshadow in striking ways the attitudes behind our policy today. Certainly when it comes to Cuba, U.S. leaders seem to have learned nothing over the past century. Our policy is as misguided today as it was then." Wayne S. Smith Adjunct Professor of Latin American Studies Johns Hopkins University

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