History of Cuba

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Cuba is much more than cigars, classic automobiles, and Castro. This remarkable nation has had a long history of relations with larger political powers that were drawn to the island because of its valuable resources and strategic location. Ties between Cuba and the United States have been strong since the mid-nineteenth century, and the theme of U.S. dominance over the island and its people is a primary historical perspective. Cuba's history is told in eight chronological chapters, from its earliest days as a ...

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The History of Cuba (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations Series)

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Overview

Cuba is much more than cigars, classic automobiles, and Castro. This remarkable nation has had a long history of relations with larger political powers that were drawn to the island because of its valuable resources and strategic location. Ties between Cuba and the United States have been strong since the mid-nineteenth century, and the theme of U.S. dominance over the island and its people is a primary historical perspective. Cuba's history is told in eight chronological chapters, from its earliest days as a Spanish colony, through its wars for independence and the U.S. occupation in the twentieth century to Batista, the Cold War, and the so-called "Special Period," when Cuba faced the crisis of the downfall of the Soviet Union. With special emphasis on the twentieth century, the Castro era, and U.S.-Cuba relations, this is the most accessible and current history of Cuba available.

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"Staten has accomplished much with this book. He has successfully condensed Cuba's convoluted past and present into a concise, readable history that still retains sufficient detail to be intellectually useful. His insight into the respective motivations of both Cuban and U.S. actors is especially poignant. This book is highly recommended for anyone seeking to understand the most misunderstood country in the Americas and its love-hate relationship with the United States."—Robert C. Harding, Lynchburg College
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403962591
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Palgrave Essential Histories
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 595,108
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Clifford L. Staten is professor of political science at Indiana University. He is a noted authority on Cuba, and has written many journal and magazine articles on Cuban history, culture, and politics as well as contributing to travel guides.

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Table of Contents

Cuba and Its People

• Early Cuba: Colonialism, Sugar and Nationalism

• The Wars for Independence and U.S. Occupation

• U.S. Dominance, the Failure of Reform, and the Rise of Batista

• The Fall of Batista

• Revolution and Cold War

• Economic Change, Institutionalization, and Cold War

• Post Cold-War Cuba and the Future

• Timeline of Historical Events

• Notable People in the History of Cuba

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2003

    Easily Digestible Cuban Political History

    Cliff Staten has written what is easily the most concise and informative political history of Cuba. Designed for the interested layman, Staten gives readers sufficient information to understand the ebb and flow of Cuba's turbulent political past and to tantalize their desire for more. This book is a great one-stop-shop to get started learning about this fascinating island.

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