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Events in Fidel Castro’s island nation often command international attention and just as often inspire controversy. Impassioned debate over situations as diverse as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Elián Gonzáles affair is characteristic not only of modern times but of centuries of Cuban history. In this concise and up-to-date book, British journalist Richard Gott casts a fresh eye on the history of the Caribbean island from its pre-Columbian origins to the present day. He provides a European perspective on a ...
Events in Fidel Castro’s island nation often command international attention and just as often inspire controversy. Impassioned debate over situations as diverse as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Elián Gonzáles affair is characteristic not only of modern times but of centuries of Cuban history. In this concise and up-to-date book, British journalist Richard Gott casts a fresh eye on the history of the Caribbean island from its pre-Columbian origins to the present day. He provides a European perspective on a country that is perhaps too frequently seen solely from the American point of view.
The author emphasizes such little-known aspects of Cuba’s history as its tradition of racism and violence, its black rebellions, the survival of its Indian peoples, and the lasting influence of Spain. The book also offers an original look at aspects of the Revolution, including Castro’s relationship with the Soviet Union, military exploits in Africa, and his attempts to promote revolution in Latin America and among American blacks. In a concluding section, Gott tells the extraordinary story of the Revolution’s survival in the post-Soviet years.
“Richard Gott’s invaluable Cuba: A New History dispels many convenient myths.”—Adam Feinstein, The Guardian
|Introduction : the Cuban people||5|
|1||Insecure settlement : slaughter, slavery and piracy, 1511-1740||11|
|2||The Spanish empire under challenge, 1741-1868||39|
|3||Wars of independence and occupation, 1868-1902||71|
|4||The Cuban Republic, 1902-1952||113|
|5||Castro's revolution takes shape, 1953-1961||147|
|6||The revolution in power, 1961-1968||190|
|7||Inside the Soviet camp, 1968-1985||235|
|8||Cuba stands alone, 1985-2003||273|
|App. A||Letter from John Quincey Adams, US secretary of state, to Hugh Nelson, the American minister in Madrid, 23 April 1823||326|
|App. B||The Platt Amendment, 1902||327|
|App. C||Extracts from the Helms-Burton Act, 1996||329|
Posted June 27, 2006
I am a cuban, I was a teacher there once. What a bunch of #$%^ this book have about the true facts..., I finished reading it just to see the author's parciality. He is a good writer, no question on that, but that he is writing from his misplaced ideals, there is also no question...I reconmed that the author research more on the subject, before expecting serious readers that know the truth about Cuba & its dictator, buy his book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 19, 2004
Richard Gott is a British journalist and historian with many yearsf experience of covering Latin America. He has written a very useful book on Cubafs long struggle for national independence and sovereignty. The first third of the book examines the Cuban peoplefs struggle against Spanish occupation from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The rest of the book looks at Cubafs 20th century struggle against the US empire. The USA intervened militarily in Cuba in 1906-09, 1912, 1917-23 and 1961, always on the pretexts of establishing democracy and order. In 1902 the US state imposed the Platt Amendment on Cuba. Its seventh paragraph gave the USA the erightf to establish permanent military bases on Cuba. It was repealed in 1934, but the dictator Batista signed a new treaty allowing the USA to keep its huge military base at Guantanamo Bay. Gott shows how in 1959 the people defeated the US-backed dictator by relying on their own forces. He observes that the British and Yugoslavian governments armed Batista to the last moment. Gott possibly devotes too little attention to the Cuban peoplefs successes in developing their country. He notes, without exploring, Cubafs remarkable achievements in health and education and he fails to mention its pioneering pharmaceutical industry. But he gives due prominence to Cubafs internationalism, particularly to its selfless military support to the Angolan people in 1988. Nelson Mandela later visited Havana to thank Fidel personally for Cubafs assistance in the struggle against apartheid, gThe decisive defeat of the racist army in Cuito Cuanavale was a victory for all Africa ... It made it possible for Angola to enjoy peace and establish its own sovereignty c and for the people of Namibia to achieve their independence. The decisive defeat of the aggressive apartheid forces destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor. The defeat of the apartheid army served as an inspiration to the struggling people of South Africa.h Cuba has a proud record of upholding workersf nationalism and of practical internationalism. Whatever foreign observers hope or fear, the Cuban people will never surrender their national independence and sovereignty.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2004
The history of cuba has been well interpreted by the author of this remarkable piece of litereture which contends itself to be the most truthful of the events that took place on the Cuban revolutionWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.