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The Guerrilla Legacy of the Cuban Revolution$
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Anna Clayfield

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400899

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400899.001.0001

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Perpetuating a Fighting Spirit

Perpetuating a Fighting Spirit

Guerrilla Warfare and the Guerrillero in Cuba

(p.16) 1 Perpetuating a Fighting Spirit
The Guerrilla Legacy of the Cuban Revolution

Anna Clayfield

University Press of Florida

Chapter 1 offers an overview of the armed struggle that, beginning with the attack on the Moncada barracks in 1953, brought the Revolution to power in 1959. In so doing, it reveals the historical circumstances that allowed the leaders of the Rebel Army, specifically Che Guevara, to acquire power and thereafter leave a permanent guerrilla imprint on revolutionary discourse. Guevara’s writings on the methodologies of guerrilla warfare constitute a particular focus of attention, given that his ideas and image continue to permeate the verbal and visual language of the Revolution. Ultimately, this chapter offers an overview of the origins of guerrillerismo, especially when discussed in the Cuban context.

Keywords:   Che Guevara, Guerrilla warfare, Rebel Army, Revolutionary discourse, Moncada, Power, Armed struggle, Guerrillerismo

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