Bread Or Bullets: Urban Labor and Spanish Colonialism in by Joan Casanovas

By Joan Casanovas

The 1st completely documented background of prepared exertions in nineteenth-century Cuba, this paintings makes a speciality of how city workers joined jointly in collective motion throughout the transition from slave to loose exertions and within the final a long time of Spanish colonial rule in Cuba.

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During the first third of the nineteenth century, colonial authorities with the support of the socioeconomic elite eradicated the few traditional artisans' corporations existing in Cuba. Only a few elite associations dominated by Spanish immigrants and some creole bourgeois cultural societies persisted. In contrast to the previous colonial policy, after 1834 the nascent Elizabethan liberal state in Spain eliminated to a large extent the creole elite's participation in the colonial administration.

Dissertation on urban labor in Cuba in the second half of the nineteenth century. My interest in the history of urban labor began during my undergraduate studies at the University of Barcelona. Since then I have continued to count on the teachings of Mary Nash and Pelai Pagès. A. D. degrees at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, I benefited from the knowledge and intellectual generosity of many professors. I would like to stress my great appreciation for the teachings of Barbara Weinstein, who carefully directed my dissertation and debated with me the ideas developed in it.

Parts of this study appeared as contributions to books: "El asociacionismo burgués y obrero en Cuba de 1868 a inicios de los años 1880," in Cuba: algunos problemas de su historia, ed. Josef Opatrný (Prague, 1995); and "El movimiento obrero y la política colonial española en la Cuba de finales del XIX," in La Nación soñada: Cuba, Puerto Rico y Page xii Filipinas ante el 98, ed. Consuelo Naranjo et al. (Madrid-Aranjuez, 1996), 363-75. For their insight and encouragement, my thanks are due to all the participants of the Twelfth Annual Latin American Labor History Conference at Duke University, April 1995, where I presented chapter 6 of this book.

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