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Fidel Castro's triumphant march into Havana on January 8, 1959 signaled the end to Cuba's old order and the beginning of a new era. This one-stop guide to the Cuban revolution analyzes Castro's drive to oust Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. The reader will gain an understanding of the revolt and its causes and consequences. Two additional chapters examine Castro's efforts to pursue an independent foreign policy and an analysis of the ever-changing characteristics of the Cuban-American community and its relationship to the homeland. A variety of selected documents supplement the main points of each chapter.
Ready-reference features include: a chronology of events in the history of Cuba and the Cuban revolution; lengthy biographical profiles of 23 major figures in the history of Cuba and the revolution that provide the reader with insights into the political thinking and contributions each made to the Cuban historical experience; and the text of 15 key primary documents on the topics, including statements by Fidel Castro, President John F. Kennedy, and President Bill Clinton. A glossary of frequently cited terms, an annotated bibliography, and photos make this work ideally suited for student research.
|Chronology of Events|
|Castro and the Cuban Revolution Explained|
|1||Establishing a New Order: The Cuban Revolution, 1959-1961||3|
|2||The Road to Revolution: Cuba to 1953||19|
|3||Fulfilling the Revolution: Castro's Cuba since 1961||33|
|4||Castro's Search for Prestige: Cuba and the World since 1961||51|
|5||Angry Exiles: Cuban Americans||67|
|6||Conclusion: The Meaning of the Cuban Revolution||81|
|Biographies: The Personalities Behind the Cuban Revolution||89|
|Primary Documents of the Cuban Revolution||121|
|Glossary of Selected Terms||157|