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Overview

A History of the Cuban Revolution presents a concise socio-historical account of the Cuban Revolution of 1959, an event that continues to spark debate 50 years later.

  • Balances a comprehensive overview of the political and economic events of the revolution with a look at the revolution’s social impact
  • Provides a lively, on-the-ground look at the lives of ordinary people
  • Features both U.S. and Cuban perspectives to provide a complete and well-rounded look at the revolution and its repercussions
  • Encourages students to understand history through the viewpoint of individuals living it
  • Selected as a 2011 Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Approaching Cuba’s revolutionary experiment with third-world socialism from a decidedly sympathetic, progressive, and anti-imperialist standpoint, Chomsky does not shy away from airing the revolution’s dirty laundry even if she places most of the blame for its troubles squarely at the feet of its more powerful neighbor to the north.” – Latin American in Focus: Cuba (ABC-Clio, 2013)

"This excellent short history covers a number of themes while managing to be exceptionally insightful... Chomsky brings a balanced breath of fresh air that not only informs readers but also illuminates the topic. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries." (Choice, 1 August 2011)

"This fact alone makes Chomsky's volume a welcome addition to the historiography of Cuba, and more broadly, Latin America . . . Chomsky's book is concise (less than 200 pages of text) and highly readable, two characteristics favorable for course adoption." (The Americas, 1 July 2011)

"In the case of the Cuban revolution, this book fulfils that intent and appears as a useful addition to the available teaching material. Its division in chapters that can stand alone, based around the themes of economy and politics, relations with the United States, migration, culture, diversity, the special period and Cuba in the 21st century, would allow teachers to use particular sections as class material in a wide range of courses. Tighter editing for the next edition could make it more useful still." (Reviews in History, 9 June 2011

"An overview of the political and economic events is combined with a look at this social impact through an examination of the lives of ordinary people." (Times Higher Education Supplement, 24 February 2011)

“This book is a useful textbook for undergraduate students and a welcome addition to the historiography on the Cuban Revolution. I would even strongly recommend it to any tourist visiting the island since it is concise, very well written, and easy to digest.” (Hispanic American Historical Review, 1 August 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405187749
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Series: Viewpoints / Puntos de Vista Series , #10
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Aviva Chomsky is Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Salem State College in Massachusetts. Her previous books include Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class (2008), winner of the New England Council of Latin America's Best Book Prize, They Take Our Jobs! And 20 Other Myths about Immigration (2007), and West Indian Workers and the United Fruit Company in Costa Rica, 1870-1940 (1996).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Studying the Cuban Revolution.

Talking about freedom.

Scholars weigh in.

Why revolution?

Comparing capitalism and socialism.

Latin American attitudes.

Chapter 1: Cuba through 1959.

Colonial history.

The colony in the republic.

Revolution: a war, or a process?

Chapter 2: Experiments with Socialism.

Analyzing the situation: economic backwardness.

The 1960s: Experimentation and the Great Debate.

The 1970s: Institutionalization and the Soviet Model.

Democracy: U.S.- and Cuban-style.

Cuba in the 1970s: how it worked.

1986: Rectification.

How democratic was Cuban socialism?

Chapter 3: The Cuban Revolution and the World: Relations with the United States.

The U.S. and Cuba.

In their own words: US policymakers respond to revolution.

Covert War: Up to the Bay of Pigs.

Covert war: After the Bay of Pigs.

The Missile Crisis.

After the Missile Crisis.

The war continues.

Chapter 4: The Cuban Revolution and the World:  Emigration and Internationalism.

Miami.

Cuba’s global reach:  beyond the Cold War.

Cuba and black internationalism.

Cuba in Africa and Latin America.

Civilian aid missions.

Chapter 5: Art, Culture and Revolution.

Literature.

Film.

Sport.

Dance.

Political culture.

Food.

Chapter 6: Cuba Diversa.

Race.

Gender.

Sexuality.

Religion.

Chapter 7: The "Special Period": Socialism on One Island.

1993-1995: Rapidfire reforms.

Charting new territory.

Contradictions: inequality and jineterismo.

Opting to leave: the 1994 exodus.

Debate and its limits during the 1990s.

Chapter 8: Cuba into the 21st Century.

From perfeccionamiento to recentralization.

Civil society into the new century.

Disillusionment.

Bush-era policies.

Cuba, Venezuela and the ALBA.

Cuba after Fidel.

Conclusion.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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