Lords of the Mountain

Social Banditry and Peasant Protest in Cuba, 1878-1918

Written in clear, vivid prose, Lords of the Mountain is worth reading for its description of the impact of the sugar economy on rural Cuba; the agrarian policies and consequences of the U.S. military occupation; and the history of Oriente province, where Fidel Castro later found his base of rural support.
American Historical Review

Lords of the Mountain is a colorful narrative that views how Cuba's violent history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century was also a history of economic violence. From the 1870s, the expanding sugar industry began to swallow up rural communities and destroy the traditional land tenure system, as the great sugar estates-the “latifundia” dominated the economy. Perez chronicles the popular resistance to these powerful landholders, and the violent uprisings and banditry propagated against them.

288 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

March, 1989

isbn : 9780822985136

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Louis A. Pérez Jr.

Louis A. Perez Jr. is J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Louis A. Pérez Jr.