330 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 2 graphs, 2 tables
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5285-6
Published: December 2019
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-5284-9
Published: December 2019
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-5286-3
Published: October 2019
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Awards & distinctions
Honorable Mention, 2021 Sharon Harris Book Award, University of Connecticut Humanities Institute
As individuals and in groups, Cubans from diverse backgrounds and political stances self-identified as antifascists and moved, both physically and symbolically, across borders and oceans, cultivating networks and building solidarity for a New Spain and a New Cuba. They believed that it was through these ostensibly foreign fights that they would achieve economic and social progress for their nation. Indeed, Cuban antifascism was such a strong movement, Lambe argues, that it helps to explain the surprisingly progressive turn that Batista and the Cuban government took at the end of the decade, including the establishment of a new constitution and presidential elections.
About the Author
Ariel Mae Lambe is assistant professor of history at the University of Connecticut.
For more information about Ariel Mae Lambe, visit the Author Page.
“Beautifully researched, tightly structured, and elegantly written. . . . With rigor and creativity, [Lambe] nimbly shuttles between the biographical and the national contexts of Cuban antifascism, noting on almost every page how the individual lives of so many Cubans, as well as the history and the projects of the Caribbean nation writ large, were already (and still are) immersed in transnational processes.”—New West Indian Guide
“No Barrier Can Contain It is indispensable. Lambe’s original, comprehensive analysis of a previously unexplained and unexplored topic uncovers the role that a variety of groups in Cuba, including blacks, Masons, and even the small Jewish community, played in forging an anti-Franco opposition that, starting in the thirties, became a major plank of all Cuban progressive forces trying to build a ‘New Cuba.’”—Samuel Farber, Brooklyn College
“This first-rate book provides an excellent window onto the larger issues of antifascism and the struggle for social justice and independence in Cuba and elsewhere. An important contribution to Cuban history, to the large body of work on the international dimensions of the Civil War, and to transnational history.”—Robert Whitney, University of New Brunswick