The Search for a Usable Past: Reflections on Cuba’s Cultural Heritage


  • Michelle Antoinette Tisdel National Library of Norway


In the much-anticipated Cuban Cultural Heritage: A Rebel Past for a Revolutionary Nation, author Pablo Alonso González (2018) combines material culture, cultural heritage, history, and comparative politics in an appealing and sophisticated manner. The ambitious and detailed study examines the development of heritage form and content from 1902 to 2014, analyzing how particular processes and ideologies shaped architecture, monuments, public spaces, museums, national narratives, and the performance of national identity.

Author Biography

Michelle Antoinette Tisdel, National Library of Norway

Michelle A. Tisdel is a research librarian and associate professor at the National Library of Norway. She holds a doctorate in Social Anthropology from Harvard University (2006). Tisdel held positions as Associate Professor of International Studies at Oslo University College and curator at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo. Her research interests include heritage, museums, narratives, life history, and belonging in Cuba and Norway.


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