Diego Ballestero, Abteilung Für Altamerikanistik, Bonn Universität, Germany:
(Post-) Colonial Archipelagos. Comparing the Legacies of Spanish Colonialism in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines is an important contribution to postcolonial studies in general and to the colonial legacies of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines in particular. Edited by Jürgen Burchardt and Johana Leinius, this book is the outcome of the conference Historical Legacies in Comparison: Cuba-Puerto Rico-Philippines. How Much History Can Post-Colonialism Endure?, organized by Burchardt in March 2017 in Havana, Cuba. The collective spirit of the event, resulting from an intense dialogue between scholars from the Global South and the Global North, is translated into this book. It accounts for the deep interconnections and divergences in the trajectories of colonial legacies in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.