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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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Guerrillerismo, a Symbolic Arsenal

(p.165) Conclusion
The Guerrilla Legacy of the Cuban Revolution

Anna Clayfield

University Press of Florida

The concluding chapter ties together the analyses of the official language of the Cuban Revolution for over six decades. It reflects on how the discursive perpetuation of the guerrilla ethos therein contributed not only to the survival of the Revolution itself but also to the part it has played in enabling the veterans of the sierra to maintain their political control over the revolutionary project since 1959. The chapter also highlights the different functions of guerrillerismo at different points in the revolutionary trajectory. In so doing, it asks whether a guerrilla rhetoric, which borrows heavily from Che Guevara’s writings, has enabled the Revolution to adapt and transform over time while appearing to remain true to its founding principles. Finally, the historic handover of power to Miguel Díaz-Canel in 2018 raises this question: how long can a guerrilla discourse sustain a Revolution whose leaders did not participate in the armed struggle that brought it to power?

Keywords:   Che Guevara, Guerrillerismo, Guerrilla rhetoric, Political control, Official language, Cuban Revolution, Revolutionary trajectory, Miguel Díaz-Canel

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