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Cuba & International Relations

Callahan, James M.

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ISBN 10: 0404013643 / ISBN 13: 9780404013646
Published by Ams Pr Inc, 1998
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Title: Cuba & International Relations

Publisher: Ams Pr Inc

Publication Date: 1998

Book Condition: As New

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1899. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII. THE TEN YEARS' CUBAN WAR AND THE AMERICAN POLICY OF MEDIATION. The M1ss1on Of General S1ckles. In his "History of Civilization," Buckle characterized Spain as a nation which regarded antiquity "with too wistful eye," and which opposed improvement as a "dangerous innovation." While Europe and America had been energetic in extending the scope of human progress, Spain, at the forward edge of the eastern continent, remained proud of the antiquity of her opinion, her orthodoxy, and her credulity; she encouraged the notion that all important truth was already known, and repressed aspiration. "Spain sleeps on," said Buckle, "untroubled, unheeding, impassive, receiving no impression from the rest of the world, and making no impression upon it." As the procession moved from age to age, Spanish ministries had changed rapidly enough, but the Spanish habits had not been changed. There had been little alteration of public opinion. A generation had sometimes threatened to change its costume only to settle back into the mantle of its grandfathers with whose wisdom it was satisfied. But the seeds of liberalism were germinating in many Spanish minds. The revolution of 1868 was an attempt to plant the signs of national progress. Isabella, the Spanish queen, had repelled all liberal elements by her policy of military despotism and clerical absolutism ; and her shameless amours deprived her of all claims to respect. In the pendulum swings of administrations from absolutism to constitutionalism, and back again to absolutism, her life was a story of personal intrigue and passion. Insurrections arose, but were put down by the most extreme measures by Marshal Narvaez. After the death of the latter in April, 1868, a great military insurrection was planned to crush ...

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