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Memories of a world crisis: The archaeology of a former Soviet nuclear missile site in Cuba.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeology.
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2009 (English)In: Journal of social archaeology, ISSN 1469-6053, E-ISSN 1741-2951, Vol. 9, no 3, 295-318 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Santa Cruz de los Pinos is a small town like most others in the Cuban countryside. But half a century ago it was the epicenter of the 1962 Missile Crisis. During that time it served as a Soviet base for middle-range nuclear missiles, and the US air reconnaissance photos of it were spread through media all around the world. The crisis was solved through negotiations without Cuban involvement, and as a result of this neglect the Missile Crisis has been an under-communicated part of history in Cuba. A Swedish-Cuban research project has now investigated what kinds of memories of the crisis remain today at the former missile base – in the ground as well as in people’s minds. Digging in the ground has proved to be an effective way to start a remembering process and to help disarm a politically loaded history and uncover other stories than those dominating ‘big history’.

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Los Angeles: SAGE , 2009. Vol. 9, no 3, 295-318 p.
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Cuba, material remains, memory, Missile Crisis, missile site, remembering process, reuse, under-communicated history
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-30842DOI: 10.1177/1469605309337884ISI: 000270280300002OAI: diva2:274359
Available from: 2009-10-28 Created: 2009-10-28 Last updated: 2011-12-22Bibliographically approved

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