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Balfour's illuminating study is more than a personal biography, although it traces Castro's evolution from student leader to head of state. It analyses the peculiar historical conditions that enabled Castro to seize and maintain power, arguing that his popular appeal rested on a identification with a century-old struggle for national regeneration.
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Overview

Balfour's illuminating study is more than a personal biography, although it traces Castro's evolution from student leader to head of state. It analyses the peculiar historical conditions that enabled Castro to seize and maintain power, arguing that his popular appeal rested on a identification with a century-old struggle for national regeneration.
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Reprint of a study in which Balfour (contemporary Spanish Studies, London School of Economics) traces Fidel Castro's path to power, from student leader to head of state. Taking account of recent world developments, he analyzes the historical conditions that enabled Castro to seize and maintain power; assesses Castro's charismatic appeal and use of the mass media; uses Castro's own words, letters and documents to explore his decades of rule and considers his economic record; talks to Cuban officials, writers, historians and journalists to look at the changing perception of Cubans about their leader; and shows how Cuba came to play an international role so disproportionate to the country's size and economic weight. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9788470307386
  • Publisher: Biblioteca Nueva
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish Language Edition

Meet the Author

Sebastian Balfour is Emeritus Professor of Government, Department of Government and Professor of Contemporary Spanish Studies, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. He has a long record of publications on contemporary Spain and makes frequent appearances in the media.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition vi
Preface to the second edition viii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Pictures of the past, visions of the future 5
Chapter 2 The rebel 21
Chapter 3 Rise to power 36
Chapter 4 Defying the eagle 64
Chapter 5 The grand illusion 78
Chapter 6 The revolutionary godfather 103
Chapter 7 The world statesman 119
Chapter 8 Straightening the rudder 146
Chapter 9 Socialism or death! 162
Chapter 10 Sitting on the seawall 175
Bibliographical essay 183
Maps 189
Index 194
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