The Island of Cuba

Markus Wiener Publishing Inc
  • erschienen am 31. Juli 2001
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 290 Seiten
978-1-55876-243-5 (ISBN)
This book remains an up-to-date and engrossing document more than one hundred fifty years after its initial publication. The Island of Cuba is a key source for studies of 19th-century Cuba and slavery in the Caribbean, and has appeared in translated editions throughout the world. Humboldt's description of the island, which brings together the fields of anthropology, geography, agriculture, demographics, commerce, and communications, provides a context in which to trace the history of Cuba-U.S. relations as well as a basis for modern Cuban studies. Cubans celebrate Humboldt as the second "discoverer" of the island (after Columbus), and the controversial publication history of this book mirrors Cuba's history. The Spanish version was banned in colonial Cuba, and the American translation created an international controversy because of the translator J.S. Thrasher's open call for the American annexation of Cuba. Thrasher also deleted a chapter in which Humboldt condemned slavery, in order to please the pro-slavery party. This new edition restores the missing chapter on slavery in a new translation and provides the text of the letter by Humboldt condemning the omission as well as Thrasher's response (both published in the New York Daily Times) and his polemical preface. In the additional section of this edition, Luis Martínez-Fernández analyzes the publication history of Humboldt's book on Cuba, including an anniversary edition published under Fidel Castro, and follows the Cuban point of view on Humboldt over the course of the book's multifaceted history.
  • Englisch
  • Princeton
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  • USA
  • Für höhere Schule und Studium
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  • Für Beruf und Forschung
Illustrations, maps, ports.
  • Höhe: 229 mm
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  • Breite: 152 mm
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  • Dicke: 17 mm
  • 430 gr
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