The Cuban Drumbeat (What Was Communism? Series)
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The Cuban Drumbeat (What Was Communism? Series)

by Piero Gleijeses
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1906497370

ISBN-13: 9781906497378

Pub. Date: 11/15/2009

Publisher: Seagull Books

Reflecting on Cuba’s unique foreign policy—both its meaning and its legacy—and how Cuba has adjusted to a world dominated by the United States, Piero Gleijeses asserts in The Cuban Drumbeat that it has been a policy without equal in modern times. During the cold war, extra-continental military interventions were the preserve of

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Reflecting on Cuba’s unique foreign policy—both its meaning and its legacy—and how Cuba has adjusted to a world dominated by the United States, Piero Gleijeses asserts in The Cuban Drumbeat that it has been a policy without equal in modern times. During the cold war, extra-continental military interventions were the preserve of the two superpowers, a few West European countries, and Cuba. Gleijeses documents how the rest of the world was regularly stunned by Cuba’s massive uses of force, including the 1975–76 dispatch of 36,000 Cuban soldiers to Angola to repel a South African invasion, the 12,000 Cuban soldiers sent to Ethiopia in 1978 to help defeat a Somali invasion, and the 55,000 Cuban soldiers present in Angola by 1988. Even the Soviet Union sent far fewer troops beyond its immediate borders in those years than did Cuba. 

The Cuban Drumbeat describes how the cold war framed three decades of Castro’s revolutionary zeal; but, Gleijeses argues, Castro’s vision was always larger than the cold war.  For Castro, the battle against imperialism—his raison dêtre—is more than the struggle against the United States: it is the war against despair and oppression in the Third World—a war that continues even though the future of Castro’s policies is uncertain.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906497378
Publisher:
Seagull Books
Publication date:
11/15/2009
Series:
Seagull Books - What Was Communism? Series
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,031,560
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
 
The Burden of the Past
 
Relations with Moscow
 
Africa: The Beginnings
 
Angola
 
A Policy Without Equal
 
The Horn of Africa
 
Southern Africa
 
Humanitarian Assistance
 
The Balance Sheet
 
Notes
Suggested Reading

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