Latin America in the Era of the Cuban Revolution / Edition 2

Latin America in the Era of the Cuban Revolution / Edition 2

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by Thomas C. Wright
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0275967069

ISBN-13: 9780275967062

Pub. Date: 10/30/2000

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

After Fidel Castro's guerrilla war against dictator Fulgencio Batista triumphed on January 1, 1959, the Cuban Revolution came to be seen as a major watershed in Latin American history. The three decades following Castro's victory gradually marginalized Cuba from the Latin American mainstream. But, as long-time Cuba observer Thomas C. Wright shows, the Cuban

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After Fidel Castro's guerrilla war against dictator Fulgencio Batista triumphed on January 1, 1959, the Cuban Revolution came to be seen as a major watershed in Latin American history. The three decades following Castro's victory gradually marginalized Cuba from the Latin American mainstream. But, as long-time Cuba observer Thomas C. Wright shows, the Cuban Revolution owed its vast influence in Latin America to the fact that it embodied the aspirations and captured the imaginations of Latin America's masses as no other political movement had ever done.

After reviewing the background to Castro's Cuban Revolution, Wright examines the radical social and economic transformation of Cuba and Castro's efforts to actively promote insurrection against established governments and bourgeois power throughout Latin America. He then analyzes,in detail, the military revolution in Peru, the Allende government in Chile, and the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua. Then Wright looks at the phenomena that affected all or major parts of Latin America—the impact of fidelismo, U.S. responses to revolution, rural guerrilla warfare, urban guerrilla warfare, and the new-style institutional military regimes created to fight revolution. He concludes with a summary of the rise and fall of Cuban influence in the hemisphere and offers an overview of the Latin American political landscape in the 1990s. An engaging synthesis for students and scholars interested in the Cuban Revolution and its impact on Latin America in the second half of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275967062
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/2000
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.54(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Fidel Castro's Road to Power

Cuba: The Making of a Revolution

Fidelismo and the Radicalization of Latin American Politics

U.S. Responses to Revolution

Rural Guerrilla Warfare

Urban Guerrilla Warfare

The Peruvian Military Revolution, 1968-1975

Chile Under Allende: A Peaceful Road to Socialism?

The Antirevolutionary Military Regimes

The Nicaraguan Revolution

Transitions of the 1990s

Selected Bibliography

Index

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Latin America in the Era of the Cuban Revolution 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
random_skeptic More than 1 year ago
This book was an excellent survey of the impact of the Cuban Revolution on Latin America. Wright begins by detailing the historical background of Cuba, the revolution and the overthrow of Batista. He then details how the revolution was intepreted by other Latin American countries and how various leftist groups implemented revolution and reform. He singles out Brazil, Argentina, Uruguary, Peru and Chile as examples. Wright also goes into detail about the conservative response to guerrilla resistance and leftist elected governments, ultimately resulting in repressive military regimes. He also discusses U.S. involvment in Latin American during this time period. A recommended read for anyone interested in Latin American politics and history.