One of the last confrontations of the Cold War warmed considerably when American President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro agreed to normalize relations between the two countries. Cuba and the United States have a shared history that stretches back well before the 1959 Cuban revolution and into the 19th century. As historian Louis A. Perez Jr. describes, however, what Cubans see when they look at that history is quite different from what Americans have seen. The lessons each nation has drawn from history will condition the future they shape together (or apart).
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