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FZ-230646-15

Jonathan M. Hansen
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)

Young Castro: The Making of a Cuban Revolutionary

A study of the childhood, education, and development of Cuban leader Fidel Castro against the backdrop of reforms in Cuba and unfolding U.S.-Cuba relations.

This project provides the first-ever rigorous historical examination of the childhood, education, and development of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. It taps human, archival, and cultural resources in Havana and elsewhere to recreate Castro's youth as he actually lived it rather than as an anachronistic projection of the man we know today. The historical record reveals a subject of surprising depth and complexity, an intellectual polymath as familiar with and sympathetic to the romantic and liberal traditions as to Marxism and Communism. The project advances NEH's mission of promoting collaboration and public engagement by reexamining Castro's life against the backdrop of reforms in Cuba and unfolding U.S.-Cuban relations. By recapturing the contingency and complexity of the early Cuban Revolution, the project suggests grounds for cooperation and reciprocity today. Though first and foremost a work of scholarship, I see Young Castro as a modest contribution to U.S.-Cuban diplomacy. [Edited by staff.]

Project fields:
Intellectual History; Latin American History; U.S. History

Program:
Public Scholar Program

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$46,200 (approved)
$46,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 8/31/2016