Patriots and Traitors in Revolutionary Cuba, 1961-1981

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University of Pittsburgh Press
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About the Author
Lillian Guerra is professor of Cuban and Caribbean history at the University of Florida. She is the author of several poetry collections, a short story collection, and four books of history, including Visions of Power in Cuba, which received the Bryce Wood Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association.
Guerra's latest book, Patriots and Traitors in Revolutionary Cuba, 1961-1981, is a tour de force. Like her four previous books, it is powered by a full command of Cuba's official history and the copious scholarship it has spurred; extensive research in public archives spread far and wide; and intimacy with the private archives of Cubans who have carried deep pain for decades, shared through what must have been a careful process of building trust. Guerra expertly weaves a vast array of materials into a coherent, commanding story about the insidious operations of the Cuban state that, at the same time, tells the varied and silenced stories of people who took a quiet stand against it.-- "ReVista, Harvard Review of Latin America"
Guerra's latest book thus provides a much-needed account of revolutionary regime consolidation that equally considers both the role of political elites and the publics they govern in the process of establishing and maintaining both hegemonic and coercive structures to govern the new, "revolutionary" society.-- "H-Net Reviews"
No other historian has even tried to reconstruct, as Guerra does, how structures of hegemony and control were so efficiently built in postrevolutionary Cuba. As Cuba's future becomes increasingly open to diverging views and possible paths, conflicts over what 'patria' is and who can legitimately claim it will become more central, perhaps even more violent. Patriots and Traitors is the first historical reconstruction of that future.--Alejandro de la Fuente, Harvard University
In this book, Lillian Guerra has undertaken one of the most authoritative investigations of the national security system that Fidel Castro put in to place to control nearly all aspects of the social and political life of Cuban citizens who did not or could not leave for exile abroad. Never before has one scholar described in such great detail the institutions of repression on the island and how they functioned. Scholars and general readers alike now have a convenient reference to the kind of system that kept the revolution in power through tumultuous times.--Jonathan C. Brown, University of Texas at Austin
It convincingly shows how the Cuban state uses these foreign threats to convince everyday citizens to not just surrender their rights but aid in depriving others of theirs in order to build a hegemonic project that guarantees collective sovereignty at the cost of individual rights.--Andres Sebastian Pertierra, University of Wisconsin-Madison
This study shows a wealth of detail, an eloquent style, and a willingness to question more established orthodoxies, highlighting aspects of post-1959 Cuba that deserve historiographical interrogation and providing a rich base for further research.-- "Hispanic American Historical Review"