Kirwin Shaffer

Kirwin Shaffer

Kirwin Shaffer is professor of Latin American studies at Pennsylvania State University–Berks College. He has authored or edited several books on anarchist culture and networks in Cuba and the Caribbean Basin from the 1890s to 1920s, including Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897–1921 and In Defiance of Boundaries: Anarchism in Latin American History.

Anarchist Cuba: Countercultural Politics in the Early Twentieth Century

Anarchist Cuba: Countercultural Politics in the Early Twentieth Century

SKU: 9781629636375
Author: Kirwin Shaffer
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629636375
Published: 05/2019
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 320
Subjects: Politics-Anarchism/History-Cuba


“A brilliantly written and carefully organized study of anarchism in Cuba during the first decades after the country’s independence in 1902. Based on a wide range of documents from archives in Cuba and the United States, Shaffer provides a detailed analysis of political events and ideas of the nation in early twentieth-century Cuba.”
New West Indian Guide

“Shaffer considers the different strands and at times internal conflicts that characterized anarchism in Cuba in the early decades of the twentieth century. He does a fine job of showing how Cuban anarchists operated in a larger cultural milieu that extended beyond the workplace and union hall, how they adapted the principal tenets of international anarchism to their own reality and put forth their own version of cubanidad, and, ultimately, how they played a vital yet often overlooked role in the development of the island’s revolutionary tradition.”
The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History

“Drawing on a wide range of archival materials, Shaffer builds a detailed picture of the anarchist movement’s contribution to a leftist revolutionary agenda in republican Cuba, and its part within the complex interaction of different political and social forces that was taking place there at the beginning of the last century.”
British Bulletin of Publications

“These essays provide a vivid picture of the transnational nature of the anarcho-syndicalist/anarchist movement.”
Anarcho-Syndicalist Review

Anarchist Cuba is a comprehensive account of a group of people often overlooked in Cuban history, and Shaffer has provided the reader with a sense of what life was like for anarchists.”
Journal of Latin American Studies

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