Jose Marti

Mentor of the Cuban Revolution

By John M. Kirk  

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In 1953, Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro stated that the “intellectual author” of his revolution was the nineteenth-century writer and revolutionary José Martí. An advocate of social justice, economic democracy and anti-imperialism, Martí wrote extensively about the future of a “Cuba libre,” freed from Spain’s rule, and is celebrated as one of Latin America’s most important thinkers. Based on a detailed analysis of the twenty-five volumes of his complete works, José Martí studies the nature of this Cuban writer/revolutionary and examines the depth and breadth of Martí’s thought on society, economics, politics and morality. This book also investigates the uses and abuses of Martí as a political symbol by those who claim to espouse his ideas. In this insightful, balanced analysis, John M. Kirk argues that Martí’s political thought was remarkably advanced – and still holds tremendous relevance for the modern era.

“Kirk has crafted a balanced study, careful in its exposition and judicious in its conclusion. The Martí that emerges from Kirk’s study is Martí the revolutionary, devoted to social justice, committed to economic democracy, a passionate internationalist, and an outspoken anti-imperialist.”

— Louis A. Pérez Jr., J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History and the Director the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)

  • Biography/Memoir
  • ISBN: 9781552664667
  • January 2012
  • 200 Pages
  • $24.95
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  • The Importance of Martí in Cuba
  • Origins of a Political Career
  • Evolution of Sociopolitical Thought
  • Political System
  • Moral Foundation
  • Social Structure
  • Economic Politics
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Index


  • John M. Kirk

    JOHN M. KIRK is professor of Latin American studies at Dalhousie University.

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