New Book on the Hispanic Caribbean: Frontiers, Plantations, and Walled Cities

Luis Martínez-Fernández has recently published his new book, Frontiers, Plantations, and Walled Cities: Essays on Society, Culture, and Politics in the Hispanic Caribbean, 1800-1945 (Markus Wiener Publishers, 2010).

Publisher’s description: For decades, the Hispanic Caribbean has eluded attempts by historians striving to view and analyze Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic as a region rather than as isolated insular units. Focusing on similarities instead of differences and applying comparative methods, the author makes a forceful case for a regional perspective that sheds new light on important historical phenomena such as the evolution of sugar plantations and slavery, persistent colonialism and economic dependence, and the interplay among revolutionary, authoritarian, and lobbyist political cultures. Composed of seven pioneering articles and essays, this book provides key pieces to solving the puzzle of the Hispanic Caribbean’s fascinating and often convulsed history.

Luis Martínez-Fernández is a historian of Latin America and the Caribbean and professor of history at the University of Central Florida. His research and writing focuses on the histories of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. He is currently working on a survey history of the Cuban Revolution for the University of North Carolina Press and on a general history of Cuba.

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