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By John L. Offner

Offner clarifies the advanced kin of the us, Spain, and Cuba major as much as the Spanish-American battle and contends that the conflict was once no longer sought after via any of the events yet used to be still unavoidable. He exhibits ultimate around of peace negotiations failed largely simply because inner political constraints constrained diplomatic flexibility.

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Sherman delivered an emotional account of conditions in Cuba, branding the Spanish as “barbarous robbers and imitators of the worst men who ever lived in the world,” and he predicted that the American people would not tolerate conditions much longer before intervening “to put an end to crimes . . 3 Opposition senators replied that the debate was simply political posturing, since a concurrent resolution did not require executive action. Moreover, senators had insufficient information. There was no evidence that the Cubans had established a government worthy of recognition; it had no capital, no ports, no commerce, and no navy.

Republicans, however, were even more divided by the Cuban war than the Carlists. Some took a fraternal interest in the aspiring insular republic, but others, needing the support of the army, took a strong stand against the Cuban Republic. 21 Part of the political scene in Spain was the unfettered press. Journalists enjoyed press freedom, and a few newspapers, such as El Imparcial, provided broad news coverage and political independence. The bulk of them, however, were allied to a particular politician or party and provided limited news slanted to what their owners wanted.

He believed that Spain should have a two-party system, which would allow for peaceful changes of ministries and thereby end the revolutionary plots and coups. He encouraged all politicians to accept the restored monarch and the 1876 constitution and to participate in Spanish political life. 14 Cánovas’s solution to Spain’s political disorders lasted into the twentieth century; it defined the governmental system and established the generation of politicians that the United States faced in 1895. The leadership of the Spanish government came from an oligarchy of wealthy, landed, and often titled politicians who controlled local and national offices both through appointments and elections.

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