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Between insurrection and power: the construction of the public image of Fidel Castro Ruz (1952-1959)

Grant number: 18/14475-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2018
Effective date (End): January 15, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of America
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Carlos Alberto Sampaio Barbosa
Grantee:Hélio Augusto de Souza Alves
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/05154-2 - Cuba, press and revolution: analyzing the construction of the public image of the rebel leader, BE.EP.MS


This project focuses on the aspects related to the political and social history of the island of Cuba between the years 1952 and 1959, with emphasis on the revolutionary process carried out by rebel groups, in the role of the press in the face of the political effervescence of those times and, mainly, with special attention to the figure of the leader of the Revolutionary Movement 26 of July, Fidel Castro Ruz. We aim to prove the hypothesis that in the decade of 1950 there would have been a wide work in the direction of the construction of the public image of Castro carried out through the press of his country through different organs. We understand this possibility as real insofar as we observe in the pages of Bohemia and Revolución (in its clandestine and legal phases), as well as of other press organs, several occasions in which we can verify the presence of an image and a propagandistic discourse of Fidel Castro and his revolution; from the 1952 coup d'état to the first year of the revolutionary government in 1959. The importance of this investigation is justified by the fact that it is the unfolding of an earlier investigation that has already been completed in which it can be identified that the massive presence of Fidel Castro in the and the political use he made of these organs corresponded not to chance but to an important part of his political-revolutionary project. In addition, the recent death of the historical leader to which we turn our attention, means the emergence of new debates around his figure and his revolution, a field in which this research intends to insert, contribute and benefit.

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ALVES, Hélio Augusto de Souza. Between insurrection and power: the construction of the public image of Fidel Castro Ruz (1952-1959). 2021. Master's Dissertation - Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Faculdade de Ciências e Letras. Assis Assis.

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