“Fills a void by examining the politics of heritage from a geographic and postcolonial perspective, skillfully weaving materiality, ideology, and history together in a critique of nationalism during the republican and revolutionary periods. . . . Conceptually cohesive and rich in detail.”—Choice
“Successful in bringing historic debates over Cuba’s cultural heritage into the present context, offering insight on the indeterminate future of the Caribbean nation.”—Journal of Cultural Heritage
“An immensely valuable tool for examining the role played by cultural heritage in the intersection of ideology and authority. . . . It amplifies substantially the existing scholarship on cultural heritage in general and is a most valuable addition to the body of Cuban Studies more specifically.”—Latin Americanist
“Alonso González offers a meticulous and balanced interpretation of how successive generations of political leaders tried to use the past for their own political interests, while reproducing some of the dominant and general passions of their time. . . . A serious and valuable contribution to cultural heritage studies and Cuban studies.”—New West Indian Guide
“Combines material culture, cultural heritage, history, and comparative politics in an appealing and sophisticated manner. . . . A unique contribution to the Cuban studies and heritage fields. . . . Offers much to discover, debate, and enjoy.”—Anthropology Book Forum
Pablo Alonso González is a senior researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (IPNA-CSIC). He is the author of several books, including Cultural Parks and National Heritage Areas: Assembling Cultural Heritage, Development and Spatial Planning.
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.