By John L. Offner
Offner clarifies the advanced relatives of the us, Spain, and Cuba major as much as the Spanish-American conflict and contends that the battle used to be now not sought after by means of any of the events yet was once still unavoidable. He indicates ultimate around of peace negotiations failed largely simply because inner political constraints constrained diplomatic flexibility.
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S. intervention grew, newspapers often glorified Spanish heroism, patriotism, and noble behavior and characterized Americans as greedy Yankees lacking military virtues. 22 The Restoration also affected the colonial administration of Cuba and helped to define Madrid’s response to the Grito de Baire. To obtain a settlement in 1878, the Spanish government promised autonomy to the insurgents but subsequently failed to provide it. Restoration politicians, suppressing the local aspirations of Catalonians and Basques, were unwilling to extend autonomy to Cubans.
Don Carlos lived in Venice, but he had many Spanish supporters in northern rural Catalonian and Basque villages. Carlists often made common cause with disaffected provincial autonomists and ultra-clericals. When the Cuban war began, Carlists divided: some supported military suppression by Weyler and believed Madrid was fighting to defend the faith in Cuba; others saw in Spanish military failures the opportunity to overthrow a discredited regime. The Spanish government carefully monitored Carlist activities and successfully held them in check.
Preface The Spanish-American War was inevitable. Cuban nationalism and Spanish colonialism were irreconcilable forces allowing for no compromise. The United States and Spain tried to find a peaceful resolution to the stalemated Cuban-Spanish war, but Cuban nationalists were unyielding, and powerful domestic forces propelled Washington and Madrid into a conflict. McKinley dominated American foreign affairs. His objectives were to free Cuba and to prevent a war with Spain. His minister to Spain erred in believing that, under pressure, the Spanish government would evacuate Cuba; as a result, the White House held unfounded hopes for peace.
An Unwanted War: The Diplomacy of the United States and Spain Over Cuba, 1895-1898 by John L. Offner