The History of Cuba (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations Series) [NOOK Book]

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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 20th century, Cuba's various reform movements, Batista, the Cold War, and the so-called Special Period, when Cuba faced the crisis of the downfall of the Soviet Union. Also included are a timeline, biographies of key players, and a bibliographic essay. With special emphasis on the 20th century, the Castro era, and Cuban-U.S. relations, this is the ...

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

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Overview

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 20th century, Cuba's various reform movements, Batista, the Cold War, and the so-called Special Period, when Cuba faced the crisis of the downfall of the Soviet Union. Also included are a timeline, biographies of key players, and a bibliographic essay. With special emphasis on the 20th century, the Castro era, and Cuban-U.S. relations, this is the most recent, accessible, and current history of Cuba available, making it the perfect starting point for anyone seeking a concise and readable history of Cuba.

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-19th century, and the theme of U.S. dominance over the island and its people is a primary historical perspective.

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This expansive and detailed resource will be invaluable to teachers and librarians with its wealth of well-documented data on this Caribbean island nation, only ninety miles from U.S. shores. In eight clearly defined chapters, Staten presents a concise and well-balanced overview of Cuba's rich and turbulent history from its early settlement by Taino Indians in 1250. Coverage includes its discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1492 and subsequent colonization by Spain; the wars of independence and intervention by the United States in the early twentieth century; the rise and fall of Fulgencio Batista; and Fidel Castro's Marxist revolution in 1959 and its ties to the Soviet Union. More recent events discussed are the various economic reforms and the aftereffects of the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. The book concludes with an analytical look at the current situation in Cuba, and offers educated conjectures as to what the future might hold for this troubled nation whose gallant and resilient people have faced numerous challenges and hardships with courage, equanimity, and an unquenchable zest for life. A time line, a list of notable people in the history of Cuba, and a bibliographic essay complement the text. Translations are given for Spanish words within the text, and ample notes follow each chapter. This informative, highly readable edition is educational, timely, and a great addition to reference shelves in any library. 2003, Greenwood, 184p.; Index. Maps. Biblio., PLB. Ages 11 to Adult.
—Delia Culberson
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Meet the Author

CLIFFORD L. STATEN is Associate Professor of Political Science and Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Indiana University Southeast.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Timeline of Historical Events
1 Cuba and Its People 1
2 Early Cuba: Colonialism, Sugar and Nationalism: Cuba to 1868 11
3 The Wars for Independence and U.S. Occupation: 1868 to 1902 31
4 U.S. Dominance, the Failure of Reform and the Rise of Batista: 1902 to 1952 45
5 The Fall of Batista: 1952 to 1959 71
6 Revolution and Cold War: 1959 to 1970 89
7 Economic Change, Institutionalization and Cold War: 1970 to the End of the Cold War 107
8 Post-Cold War Cuba and the Future 125
Notable People in the History of Cuba 141
Bibliographic Essay 147
Index 153
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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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