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Cuba: A New History / Edition 1

Cuba: A New History / Edition 1

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by Richard Gott

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ISBN-10: 0300111142

ISBN-13: 9780300111149

Pub. Date: 09/30/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

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


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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: the Cuban people5
1Insecure settlement: slaughter, slavery and piracy, 1511-174011
Hatuey and Diego Velasquez: Indian cacique versus Spanish conquistador, 151111
What happened to Cuba's Indians?21
Importing a black slave population23
The beat of Drake's drum, 158626
Sugar and tobacco: the seventeenth-century development of the island's wealth36
2The Spanish empire under challenge, 1741-186839
Guantanamo falls to Admiral Vernon, 174139
Havana falls to the Earl of Albemarle, 176241
Spain's fresh interest in Cuba, 1763-179142
The slave rebellion in Saint-Domingue, 179144
The sharp increase in the slave population, 1763-184146
The first zephyrs of independence, 1795-182448
Powerful voices advocate white immigration52
The seeds of US intervention, 1823-185157
Cuban slavery comes under British attack, 1817-184259
Black rebellion: the conspiracy of La Escalera, 1843-184464
Narciso Lopez and the threat of US annexation, 1850 and 185167
3Wars of independence and occupation, 1868-190271
The Grito de Yara and the outbreak of the Ten Year War, 186871
General Lersundi and the Volunteers seize Havana, 1868-186974
Rebel arguments over slavery and annexation77
The Pact of Zanjon, and the Protest of Baragua, 187881
Jose Marti and the fresh dreams of independence84
The death of the Apostle, May 189588
Spain and Cuba again at war, 1895-189890
General Weyler's development of the concentration camp, 1896-189793
'Remember the Maine!': the US intervention in Cuba, 189897
General Wood and the US occupation of Cuba, 1898-1902104
Mortgaged independence: the Platt Amendment, 1902110
4The Cuban Republic, 1902-1952113
A Republic for Americans: Estrada Palma and Charles Magoon, 1902-1909113
A Republic for white settlers from Spain118
A Republic denied to blacks: Evaristo Estenoz and the black massacre of 1912120
A Republic for gamblers: Mario Menocal and Bert Crowder125
A Republic under dictatorship: Gerardo Machado, the tropical Mussolini, 1925-1933129
A Republic for revolutionaries: Antonio Guiteras and the Revolution of 1933135
A Republic designed for Fulgencio Batista, 1934-1952142
5Castro's Revolution takes shape, 1953-1961147
Castro's attack on Moncada, 26 July 1953147
The Granma landing and the revolutionary war, 1956-1958154
The dawn of the Revolution: January 1959165
Blacks in the Revolution, 1959172
The Revolution's impact abroad, 1959-1960175
The United States' reaction to the Revolution, 1959-1960178
The Soviet Union's reaction to the Revolution, 1959-1960181
'The First Declaration of Havana': the Revolution changes gear, 1960183
The economics of the Revolution, 1959-1961186
The campaign to eradicate illiteracy, 1961188
6The Revolution in power, 1961-1968190
The exile invasion at the Bay of Pigs, April 1961190
The missiles of October, 1962195
Castro's early honeymoon with the Soviet Union, May 1963209
The first exodus: Camarioca, 1965211
Exporting the Revolution: Latin America, 1962-1967215
Exporting the Revolution: Black Cuba's return to Africa, 1960-1966219
Exporting the Revolution: mobilising black Americans225
Exporting the Revolution: Che Guevara's expedition to Bolivia, 1966-1967231
7Inside the Soviet camp, 1968-1985235
The Prague Spring, and the decisive turn to the Soviet Union, 1968235
'Ten million tons': the failure of the sugar target of 1970240
'The Brezhnev Years': restructuring the country in the Soviet image, 1972-1982243
Opposition to the Soviet line, at home and abroad, 1968-1972246
An opening to the mainland: Castro's visit to Allende's Chile, 1971248
Cuba leaps to the defence of Angola, 1975250
The nomadic road to socialism: Castro and the Ethiopian revolution, 1977256
Havana, Washington and Miami in the Carter years, 1976-1979261
The second exodus: the Mariel boatlift, 1980266
Revolutions in Nicaragua and Grenada, 1979269
8Cuba stands alone, 1985-2003273
Mikhail Gorbachev: the new broom in Moscow: 1985273
Cuba's victory at Cuito Cuanavale, 1988276
The execution of Arnaldo Ochoa, 1989279
The 'Special Period in Peacetime', 1990286
The third exodus: the riot on the Malecon, August 1994298
The Torricelli and Helms-Burton Acts, 1992 and 1996300
Pope John Paul's visit to Havana, 1998306
The case of Elian Gonzalez, 1999310
Dissent and opposition, 1991-2003314
Cuba in the twenty-first century317
Appendix ALetter from John Quincey Adams, US secretary of state, to Hugh Nelson, the American minister in Madrid, 23 April 1823326
Appendix BThe Platt Amendment, 1902327
Appendix CExtracts from the Helms-Burton Act, 1996329
Guide to further reading360
Photograph credits363

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.