The Absolution of History: Uses of the Past in Castro's Cuba

  title={The Absolution of History: Uses of the Past in Castro's Cuba},
  author={Nicola Miller},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={147 - 162}
  • N. Miller
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Contemporary History
In his famous defence speech at the trial for his attack on the Moncada barracks in 1953, Castro declared: 'History will absolve me.'1 The attempted storming of Moncada was the first act of armed struggle in the Cuban revolutionary war, which resumed at the end of 1956 with Castro's return from exile to launch a rural guerrilla movement against the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista (1952-58). The guerrillas, supported by organized resistance in towns and cities, achieved a relatively quick… 
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