Cuba: From Columbus to Castro and Beyond, Fifth Edition Rev. / Edition 5

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In Jaime Suchlicki’s engaging style, Cuba: From Columbus to Castro and Beyond provides a detailed and sophisticated understanding of the Cuba of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. In addition to its concise narrative history, CUBA details the current political climate, economy, and the regime’s future. Suchlicki discusses the domestic and international events that have affected this island nation in recent years. This highly readable history is perfect for students, travelers, and anyone else who seeks to understand more about Cuba and its people.
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“Detailed and sophisticated, written in a vivid style . . . well-balanced and objective."

“A readable and concise, but thorough and scholarly, account of historical events in Cuba . . . . A very useful addition to the literature.”

“Here is what students and teachers have long been waiting for: a concise, admirable lucid history of the island from Columbus up to and including the new revolutionary Cuban state of our days.”

Suchliki (director of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the U. of Miami) presents the new edition of his stridently anti-Castro textbook on Cuban history. Nearly half of the text focuses on the Castro regime, with some preceding material on Cuba's history as a Spanish colony, its fight for independence, and the years of the Batista dictatorship. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574884364
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/30/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 1,403,592
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Jaime Suchlicki, one of the world’s foremost scholars on Latin America, is a professor of history at the School of International Studies at the University of Miami. He edits the Journal of Inter-American and World Affairs, consults for the U.S. government, and is the author of Mexico: From Montezuma to the Fall of the PRI and University Students and Revolution in Cuba. He lives in Coral Gables, Florida.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the fifth edition
Pt. 1 The Colonial Years
1 The Land and the People 3
2 Enter the Spaniards 12
3 The Emerging Colony 19
4 The Foreign Challenge 28
5 The Rise of King Sugar 35
Pt. 2 Toward Independence
6 The Golden Century 47
7 The "Ever-Faithful" Colony Rebels 57
Pt. 3 The Seeds of Revolution
8 The Platt Amendment Republic 77
9 The Unfinished Revolution 87
10 The Failure of Reformism 101
11 Background to Revolution 116
Pt. 4 Castro in Command
12 Castro's Revolution 137
13 The Decade of Institutionalization 152
14 The Revolution Continues: The Eighties and Nineties 179
15 Years of Crisis 195
16 Preparing for Succession 205
17 Beyond Castro 214
Chronology, 1492-2000 227
Suggested Reading 263
Index 277
About the Author 287
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