Castro and Cuba: From the Revolution to the Present

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On January 1, 1959, Castro's followers entered Havana. The guerrillas took power and the "socialism of the tropics" began. Today, although the Castro regime has introduced some openings to a market economy, the island continues to wage a battle for its survival as the only socialist regime in the Americas.

This concise history, which begins with the seizing of independence in 1898 and reaches to the present day, synthesizes the events that have made Cuba a singular case in the ...

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Overview

On January 1, 1959, Castro's followers entered Havana. The guerrillas took power and the "socialism of the tropics" began. Today, although the Castro regime has introduced some openings to a market economy, the island continues to wage a battle for its survival as the only socialist regime in the Americas.

This concise history, which begins with the seizing of independence in 1898 and reaches to the present day, synthesizes the events that have made Cuba a singular case in the history of communism: the choice of socialism by Fidel and the missile crisis of 1962; the internationalism of Ernesto "Che" Guevara and Havana's maverick foreign policy; the adoption of the Soviet model and its effect on Cuba's social and economic life; the forms of the poder popular; the period after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the break with Moscow; and the difficulties created by the continuing economic embargo and the historical hostility of the United States.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566563390
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Series: Interlink Illustrated Histories Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 975,699
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 7.89 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 From Independence to the Revolution 8
An Unequal War between Spain and the United States 11
The Prison of Sugar 14
Political Distortions 16
The Journey of Fidel Castro 20
Cuba on the Eve of Revolution 21
The Guerrilla Warfare of the Barbudos 23
Work on the Slave Plantation 12
Military Occupation and Economic Expansion 16
Political Malpractice 18
The General Principles of Guerrilla Warfare 28
The Guerrillas on Balance 29
Chapter 2 Caribbean Socialism 30
Moralizing, Modernization, and Voluntarism 32
Tensions and Divisions 37
On the Brink of Tragedy: The Bay of Pigs and the Missile Crisis 41
Structures Supporting the Revolution 46
The Dream of the "New Man" 48
The Return to Sugar 52
1961: The US Embargo 38
Doubts in the White House: October, 1962 45
Chapter 3 Internationalism and Choosing Sides 54
The Third World and Solidarity 55
Supporting the Armed Struggle 58
Guevara in the Congo and Bolivia 60
Rapprochement with Moscow and the New Latin American Policy 65
The Revolutionary Offensive and the Harvest of 1970 68
Limits of the Internationalism of the 1960s 58
Guevara and 1968 64
The Failure of the Latin American Guerrilla Movement 68
Workers and Small Merchants 70
Chapter 4 Economic Growth and the Soviet Model 72
The Directions of Economic Policy 74
The Party: Mass Organizations and Institutions 79
Dissent and Discontent 83
Renewed Internationalist Zeal 86
Rates of Economic Growth: 1970-1985 74
Poder Popular 80
Chapter 5 A New Road 94
The Strategy of "Rectification of Errors" 96
The Trial of General Ochoa 99
Tensions with Moscow and Washington 103
What to do? 97
Restive Youth 100
Chapter 6 Embargo, the Fall of the Ussr, and Economic Openness 106
The "Special Period" 107
The Crisis of the Balseros, or Boat People 109
The Opening to Foreign Capital and Economic Reform 110
Hardening of the US Position 114
An Intense Period of Diplomacy 118
Between Political Openings and Closings 119
Reforms, Warnings, and Regrets 113
The Terms of the Embargo 116
Resentment Created by Tourism 117
The Sirens of Consumer Society 122
Bibliography 124
Chronology 125
Index of Names 127
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