Cuba Libre: A 500-Year Quest for Independence

Cuba Libre: A 500-Year Quest for Independence

Cuba Libre: A 500-Year Quest for Independence

Cuba Libre: A 500-Year Quest for Independence



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This timely book provides a balanced and deeply knowledgeable introduction to Cuba since Christopher Columbus’s first arrival in 1492. With decades of experience studying and reporting on the island, Philip Brenner and Peter Eisner provide an incisive overview for all readers seeking to go beyond stereotypes in their exploration of Cuba’s politics, economy, and culture. As Cuba and the United States open their doors to each other, Cuba Libre gives travelers, policy makers, businesspeople, students, and those with an interest in world affairs an opportunity to understand Cuba from a Cuban perspective; to appreciate how Cubans’ quest for independence and sovereignty animates their spirit and shapes their worldview and even their identity. In a world ever more closely linked, Cuba Libre provides a compelling model for US citizens and policy makers to empathize with viewpoints far from their own experiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742566712
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/31/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 438
File size: 19 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Philip Brenner is professor of international relations and affiliate professor of history at American University. He is a co-editor of A Contemporary Cuba Reader and co-author of Sad and Luminous Days: Cuba’s Struggle with the Superpowers after the Missile Crisis.
Peter Eisner is an award-winning foreign correspondent who covered Latin America for many years as an editor and reporter at the Washington Post, Newsday, and the Associated Press. He currently teaches at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. His most recent book is MacArthur’s Spies.

Table of Contents


Part I: 1492–1598
Chapter 1: Columbus Arrives and Spain Colonizes Cuba, 1492–1550
Chapter 2: Sugar and Slavery
Chapter 3: Struggle for Independence, 1868–1898
Chapter 4: Cuban Independence War and US Occupation
Chapter 5: From Occupation to “Good Neighbor”
Chapter 6: Playground of the Western World and the Rise of Batista, 1934–1958
Chapter 7: The Revolutionary Struggle, 1953–1958

Part II: 1959–1989
Chapter 8: The Quest for Sovereignty
Chapter 9: Consolidating the Revolution: Culture and Politics
Chapter 10: Consolidating the Revolution: Economic Reforms, New Institutions, and Basic Needs
Chapter 11: Bay of Pigs/Playa Girón
Chapter 12: The Missile Crisis
Chapter 13: Foreign Policy in the 1960s: Exporting Revolution, Chinese Flirtations, and Soviet Tensions
Chapter 14: Internal Adjustments and Advancing Equality, 1963–1975
Chapter 15: Becoming a Third World Leader, 1970s
Chapter 16: Mariel Exodus—A Warning Signal, 1980
Chapter 17: Change and Rectification at Home and Abroad, 1980s

Part III: 1990–2016
Chapter 18: The “Special Period” in a Time of Peace, 1990–2000
Chapter 19: The Cuban Diaspora and Racial Inequality
Chapter 20: Helms-Burton, US-Cuban Relations, and Terrorism, 1995–1998
Chapter 21: The Pope Goes to Cuba; Elián Goes to Miami, 1998–2000
Chapter 22: The Search for a Viable Strategy, 2001–2006
Chapter 23: The Transition from Fidel to Raúl Castro, 2006–2009
Chapter 24: Securing Cuba’s Independence through Economic Change, 2010–2016
Chapter 25: Securing Cuba’s Independence through Foreign Policy, 2010–2016
Chapter 26: Change, Continuity, and the Future

Appendix: Chronology of Key Events
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