The Evolution and Significance of the Cuban Revolution: The Light in the Darkness

The Evolution and Significance of the Cuban Revolution: The Light in the Darkness

by Charles McKelvey

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The book interprets the Cuban revolutionary movement from 1868 to 1959 as a continuous process that sought political independence and social and economic transformation of colonial and neocolonial structures. Cuba is a symbol of hope for the Third World. The Cuban Revolution took power from a national elite subordinate to foreign capital, and placed it in the hands of the people; and it subsequently developed alternative structures of popular democracy that have functioned to keep delegates of the people in power.  While Cuba has persisted, the peoples of the Third World, knocked down by the neoliberal project, have found social movement and political life, a renewal that is especially evident in Latin America and the Non-Aligned Movement. At the same time, the capitalist world-economy increasingly reveals its unsustainability, and the global elite demonstrate its incapacity to respond to a multifaceted and sustained global crisis.  These dynamics establish conditions for popular democratic socialist revolutions in the North.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319621609
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 11/08/2017
Series: Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 277
File size: 517 KB

About the Author

Charles McKelvey is Professor Emeritus at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, USA. He currently lives in Havana, where he actively participates in Cuban intellectual life.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Global and Historical Context                                                                             1          

Chapter 2: The Cuban Anti-Colonial Revolution                                                                       32  

Chapter 3: The Failure of the Cuban Neocolonial Republic                                                       50

Chapter 4: The Taking of Power by the People                                                                          92

Chapter 5: The Cuban Revolutionary Project                                                                           136

Chapter 6: The Structural Crisis of the Neocolonial World-System                                         179

Chapter 7: The Third World Project of National and Social Liberation                                   219   

Chapter 8: Socialism for the Twenty-First Century                                                                  257

Chapter 9: Seeking a Just, Democratic and Sustainable World-System                                   283

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“This work reflects years of enormous interdisciplinary investigative work as well as constant perseverance in sharing with Cuba’s sons and daughters their eternal joys and perennial difficulties. With a notable personal stamp, the author formulates his own epistemological method with respect to the relation between the horizons of the global North and global South. Analyzing the world-system from the perspective of Wallerstein, he offers his own reflections on how to construct a socialist system in the North. The dissemination of the book is indispensable for the knowledge and general education of present and future generations.” (Gladys Hernández Pedraza, Researcher, Center for Research on the World Economy, Cuba)

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