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Constitutional ModernismArchitecture and Civil Society in Cuba, 1933-1959$
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Timothy Hyde

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678105

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678105.001.0001

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The Idealized Republic

The Idealized Republic

The Constitution of 1940

(p.21) 1 The Idealized Republic
Constitutional Modernism

Timothy Hyde

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter provides an overview of the signing of the new Cuban constitution on July 1, 1940, a recapitulation and a confirmation of the founding of the Cuban Republic. The very first republican constitution, declaring a sovereign national existence independent of Spanish colonial rule, had been drafted and signed in 1869 in Guáimaro by Cuban revolutionaries. Delegates and audience acknowledge the new Cuban constitution to be directly a product of its own historical moment, distinct from past and future. The moments marked by the constitution were considered to be moments of national transcendence in which the debilitating factionalism of Cuban politics had been overcome by a strong, common determination to erect the structure of a stable civil society.

Keywords:   Cuban constitution, Cuban Republic, republican constitution, sovereign national existence, Cuban politics, civil society

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