Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook

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Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook offers a revealing look at a nation that, in its ongoing pursuit of freedom, has been a colonial pawn, a neocolonial paradise for corrupt politicians and dictators, an alluring vacation destination, a defiant Communist holdout and embarrassing thorn in the side of the powerful United States.

Drawing heavily on his own research and experiences on the island, the author follows Cuba's political, economic, and sociocultural development from the pre-Columbian period to the present—with an emphasis on the revolutionary period. The book's reference section includes alphabetically organized entries on important people, places, and historical events, as well as shorter sections on Cuban Spanish, national traditions and holidays, cuisines, and important organizations. Also featured is a chart tracing the development of Cuban popular music and a listener's guide to some of the best available recordings.

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"Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook is an especially appropriate addition to academic and community library International Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists."

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Midwest Book Review

"Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook is recommended for large public and all academic libraries."

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Reference & User Services Quarterly

"This handbook on Cuba is recommended for geography and business collections in public and academic libraries."

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Table of Contents


Series Editor's Foreword     xiii
Preface     xvii
Maps     xxvi
Narrative Section     1
Geography and History     3
Geography     3
Geographical Location: "Cuba Is the Key"     4
Geographical Features: Topography, Climate, Flora and Fauna, and Conservation     8
History     26
Pre-Columbian History and the Spanish Conquest     26
Depopulation and Abandonment, 1540-1760     36
La Prosperidad Britanica: The British Occupation of Havana, 1762-1763     49
Sugar and Slavery: Cuban Economy and Society, 1763-1886     52
The End of Cuban Slavery, 1880-1886     61
Independence and Its Aftermath, 1868-1901     64
A Dubious Independence, 1902-1928     74
The Fall of Machado and the Rise of Batista, 1928-1940     79
The End to the Grau Government and the Rise of Fulgencio Batista, 1934-1940     87
Years of Hope and Betrayal, 1940-1952     88
The Cuban Insurgency, 1953-1958: The Rise of Fidel Castro     95
The Revolution Begins Now, 1959-1962     112
Conclusion: The Ignorance and Arrogance of U.S. Policy     120
Economics and Development     125
Introduction     125
Cuba's Economic History and the Socioeconomic Problems of the 1950s     127
Economic Experimentation and Collectivization, 1959-1970     130
Che Guevara, the "New Man," and the Great Debate     134
The Radical Experiment and the "Revolutionary Offensive," 1966-1970     139
From Radicalism to Socialism, 1971-1985     143
The Rectification Process: From Perestroika to La Espera Estoica, 1986-1989     149
From Socialism to Survival during the "Special Period," 1990-1996     154
The Fall of Cuba's Sugar Kingdom     159
External Economic Reform and Tourism     164
Domestic Economic Reform, the "Second Economy," and Self employment     168
Economic Retrenchment and Recentralization, 1996-2006     175
Inequality and Social Contradictions in Today's Cuba     179
Conclusion     188
Institutions     199
Introduction     199
Consolidation, Radicalization, and Charismatic Leadership, 1959-1970     201
Early Revolutionary Decrees     202
The Consolidation and Radicalization of the Revolution     205
Mass Organizations     209
Castro as a Charismatic Hero     215
Bureaucratic Authority, Institutionalization, and People's Power, 1970-1989     218
The Cuban Communist Party (PCC)     219
The National Assembly (ANPP)     222
Cuban Elections and the Organs of People's Power     225
Economic Crisis, Reform, and Emergent Civil Society, 1990-2006     229
The Fourth Party Congress of 1991 and the Constitutional Revisions of 1992     230
Human Rights, Political Prisoners, and Opposition Groups     233
The Emergence of Civil Society     237
Defense, Security, Education, and Health     243
The Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR)     243
The Ministry of the Interior (MININT)     253
Education and Health Care     256
Conclusion     263
Culture and Society     269
Faith and Family     270
National Identity and Frustrated Nationalism-Cubania and Intransigencia     285
Race and Sexuality-Between Progress and Paternalism     288
Cuban-Americans-From Exiles to Immigrants     299
Cuban Music     312
The Son     313
The Rumba     318
The Danzon, Cancion, and the Punto Guajiro     323
Authenticity and Crossover: The "Rhumba," Conga, Mambo, and Cha-cha-cha     328
The Son Afro     330
The "Rhumba"     332
The Conga     336
The Mambo     337
From the Mambo to Afro-Cuban Jazz (Latin Jazz)     340
The Cha-cha-cha     341
Cuban Music in Revolution and Exile: From Salsa to Songo, and Trova to Timba     342
Salsa     343
Nueva Trova     347
Irakere and Cuban Jazz     351
Songo, Timba, and Cuban Hip-Hop     353
Revolutionary Cuban Cinema     357
Cuban Literature-The Avant-garde vs. the Vanguard     363
Colonial Literature     363
Literature of the Republic     367
Literature under the Revolution     372
Conclusion     379
Reference Section     387
Key Events in Cuban History     389
Significant People, Places, and Events     401
Cuban Language, Food, Etiquette, and Holidays     443
Language, Names, and Greetings     443
Alphabet, Pronunciation, and Basic Rules of Stress and Accent     443
Characteristics of Cuban Spanish     446
Socio-lismo and el Choteo     455
Names     459
Greetings (Words and Gestures)     460
Cuban Cuisine and Beverages      461
Etiquette     474
Holidays     476
Directory of Cuba-Related Organizations, On-Line Publications, and Websites     479
Educational/Academic     480
Educational and Academic Institutions in Cuba     484
Government, NGOs, and Think Tanks     485
Cuban Government Organization and Sites     485
U.S. Government Organizations and Sites     487
Independent Research and Public Policy Institutions     488
Business and Economic     493
Art and Culture     495
Democracy and Human Rights     503
Diaspora and Exile Organizations     506
Travel and Tourism     509
Religious     510
News Sources     512
Miscellaneous     515
Annotated Bibliography     517
Books     517
General and Miscellaneous     517
Geography, History, and Biography     519
Cuba's Economy     530
Cuban Institutions     532
Cuban Identity, Culture, and Society     534
Cuban Language, Food, Etiquette, and Holidays     542
Videos, Documentaries, and Feature Films     542
Discography of Cuban Music      550
Index     555
About the Author     579
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