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Purposes of Paradise–Now Available


The Purposes of Paradise: U.S. Tourism and Empire in Cuba and Hawai'i


Christine Skwiot

256 pages | 6 x 9 | 17 illus.

Cloth 2010 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4244-7 | $39.95 | £26.00

The Purposes of Paradise"The Purposes of Paradise is a thoughtful and well written comparative analysis of the cultural politics of U.S. involvement in Cuba and Hawai'i in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Skwiot does a masterful job of weaving together the distinct colonial histories of Cuba and Hawai'i, revealing the places where their imperial narratives intersect and diverge to shed light on the contradictions of colonization, republican empire, state building, and revolution."–Marguerite Shaffer, Miami University

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