The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, and Legacy / Edition 3

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This timely and provocative study provides a reexamination of the achievements and failures of the Cuban revolution, placing it firmly within the context of twentieth century Cuban history. Now in its second edition, The Cuban Revolution has been updated to intrude an entirely new chapter on the changes affecting Cuba's policies and economy since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, and the failure of communism in general. It also includes a new preface, an up-to-date bibliography, and a thoroughly revised concluding chapter summing up the prospects and possibilities of Cuba's future in the twenty-first century.

"A very good and thoughtful account of the Cuban Revolution, rooted in historical analysis with a solid understanding of the discontinuities shaping revolutionary Cuba. Sees the basic drive as 'radical nationalism' in the context of institution and nation building"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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"This is by far the best work I have read on contemporary Cuba. It is a competent study that strives for—and achieves—remarkable impartiality. The Cuban Revolution conveys the probing intelligence and profound thoughtfulness that produces permanence. It is a work not just for a single season but for a very long time."—Franklin W. Knight, The John Hopkins University

"What we have in The Cuban Revolution is the most complete, sustained intellectual effort to do with the Cuban revolution what dozens of authors have done for the Mexican revolution-to indicate the native roots of the rebellion and, most importantly, to demonstrate how these roots were of primordial significance in determining the evolution of the revolution over the course of nearly half a century."—Lars Schoultz, University of North Carolina

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195367089
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/7/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 695,810
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Marifeli Pérez-Stable is Professor of Sociology at Florida International University.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition

1. Mediated Sovereignty, Monoculture, and Development
Classic Dependence in Crisis
Reformism in the Making, 1927-1958
State and Society
Standards of Living
Women in Prerevolutionary Cuba
The Cuba That Might Have Been

2. The First Republic
Politics at the Dawn of Independence
The War of 1895 Comes to an End
The Civic March (April 20-May 11, 1902)
Critical Junctures in the First Republic
The 1905-1906 Reelection Crisis
Mario García Menocal's Counterfeit Reelection in 1916
Gerardo Machado's Election in 1924 and the Cooperativismo of 1928
A Mobilized Society
The Revolution of 1933

3. The Second Republic
Constitutional Democracy, 1940-1952
The Coup of March 10, 1952 and the Mainstream Opposition
The November 1, 1954 Elections and Their Aftermath
The Batistato and Cuban Society
The Working Class
The Opposition
Cuban Society: A House of Cards
The Malestar Difuso as Breeding Ground for Radicalism

4. Revolution and Radical Nationalism, 1959-1961
Reformism, the Clases Económicas, and the Revolution
The Working Class and the Revolutionary Government
Revolutionary Politics and the Clases Populares

5. Politics and Society, 1961-1970 202
The Incipient Institutional Order, 1961-1965
The Formation of a Vanguard Party
Unions, Workers, and Conciencia
The Federation of Cuban Women
The United States, Cuba, and Cuban Exiles
The Origins of the Radical Experiment
The Parallel Construction of Communism and Socialism
The Withering Away of Trade Unions
The Politics of Mobilization
The 1970 Watershed

6. Politics and Society, 1971-1986
Revolution and Institutionalization
The Trade Unions as Mass Organizations
Workers and the Economy
Workers and Management
The Federation of Cuban Women and Gender Equality
Women and Work
The PCC as a Vanguard Party
Crossroads at Three Party Congresses

7. Rectification and Reconstitution, 1986-1998
The Process of Rectification
The Economics of Rectification
The Politics of Rectification
The Cuban Communist Party as the Cold War Ended
The CTC and the FMC in the Rectification Process
The Fourth Party Congress
Mobilizational Politics and the Cuban Economy
Political Trends of the Special Period
The Character of Cuban Elites
Reforming Popular Power Assemblies
The Role of the Military
The Dynamics of Popular Support, Quiescence, and Opposition

8. Mobilizational Politics Redux and Raúl Castro's Cuba
Cuba and the World
The United States
The Bush Administration
The Obama Administration
The International Community
Cuba Isn't Isolated
Mobilizational Politics Redux
The Comandante Steps Aside
Raúl Castro's Cuba
Politics as Usual?
Economic Reforms
The Sixth Party Congress


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