“Works written with a collective perspective are truly scarce in Caribbean historiography. Even rarer are comparative studies on the histories of Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, the three Hispanic Antilles with so many common cultural traits. Therefore, Torn between Empires has the invaluable virtue of originality.”
—Journal of American History
“Excellent attention [is] given to economic and social matters . . . Torn Between Empires represents a significant contribution to the historiography both of the United States and the Caribbean.”
This in-depth, comparative study focuses on the economy, society, and political culture of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic in the middle decades of the nineteenth century. Viewing developments as they relate to the countries’ common heritage of insularity, colonialism, and slavery, Luis Martínez-Fernández points out profound, underlying balance-of-power transformations during a time of ostensibly small change in the region’s political status.
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