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The Lawless Liberators : Political Banditry and Cuban Independence

Schwartz, Rosalie

ISBN 10: 0822308827 / ISBN 13: 9780822308829
Published by Duke University Press, 1989
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine copy in fine dustwrapper which has one minute crush near the spine panel. Unused and clean text. An exploration of the role bandits played in Cuba's independence movement. As a keen collector myself I make every effort to provide a high level of service. Enquiries welcomed. Bookseller Inventory # 001768

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Title: The Lawless Liberators : Political Banditry ...

Publisher: Duke University Press

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Among the forces that took the field in the 1890s in an attempt to overturn the Spanish colonial regime in Cuba were a large number of rural bandits. The alliance between outlaws and more respectable separatists was not accidental, nor did it prove peripheral to Independence strategies. Thieves, extortioners, kidnappers, and killers who cast their lot with veteran insurgents emerged from and contributed to, a century of social and economic upheaval; the reasons cited by many bandits for their outlawry were the same as those that appeared as complaints in revolutionary manifestos. Ransom and extortion money furnished by bandits also often replenished the bankrupt coffers of the rebellion.
Manuel Garcia, a hero-villian of Cuban folklore to this day, was the most notorious of the brigand-patriots and led a gang that spread terror throughout Havana province, contributing to the breakdown of rural order that preceded full-scale rebellion in 1895. Lawless Liberators examines the origins, actions, and ends (often sudden and violent) of the bandit groups such as Garcia’s that paved the way for the revolution and offers a reasoned and balanced analysis of their role in those dramatic events.

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