Remembering the Soviets

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Journal of Iberian & Latin American Studies, 2007, 13 (2), pp. 85 - 98
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At the base of the South Tower of St Johns Cathedral, Brisbane, are installed two splendid stained glass windows, memorials to the Australian-American alliance during the Second World War. They depict an American bald-eagle and an Australian wedge-tailed eagle flying towards `a greater union. The plaque reads: These magnificent Australian-American War Memorial Windows are testimony to the admiration and gratitude Australians feel for our American friends and the fellowship and mutual esteem that exists between us. The windows are one of dozens of monuments throughout Australia to the alliance forged between the commonwealth and the United States during the Second World War. Since the Soviet Union did at least as much to prevent the invasion of Cuba by the United States as the United States did for Australia, we could expect there to be in Cuba at least as many memorials to the thirty year presence of the Soviets. In this paper we ask: how does the Cuban State memorialise the complex and difficult Russian presence?
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