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Castro and Cuba : from the revolution to the present
Trento, Angelo.
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First American edition.
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New York : Interlink Books, 2000.
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123 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm.
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Interlink's new illustrated history series seeks to explore the persistent themes of our recent past in order to prepare for the new century. Each volume offers a concise yet comprehensive analysis of a particular political, cultural or social phenomenon and is lavishly illustrated with color and b&w photographs and maps.

Author Notes

Angelo Trento teaches Latin American History at the Instituto Universitario Orientale in Naples

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 From Independence to the Revolutionp. 8
An Unequal War between Spain and the United Statesp. 11
The Prison of Sugarp. 14
Political Distortionsp. 16
The Journey of Fidel Castrop. 20
Cuba on the Eve of Revolutionp. 21
The Guerrilla Warfare of the Barbudosp. 23
Work on the Slave Plantationp. 12
Military Occupation and Economic Expansionp. 16
Political Malpracticep. 18
The General Principles of Guerrilla Warfarep. 28
The Guerrillas on Balancep. 29
Chapter 2 Caribbean Socialismp. 30
Moralizing, Modernization, and Voluntarismp. 32
Tensions and Divisionsp. 37
On the Brink of Tragedy: The Bay of Pigs and the Missile Crisisp. 41
Structures Supporting the Revolutionp. 46
The Dream of the "New Man"p. 48
The Return to Sugarp. 52
1961: The US Embargop. 38
Doubts in the White House: October, 1962p. 45
Chapter 3 Internationalism and Choosing Sidesp. 54
The Third World and Solidarityp. 55
Supporting the Armed Strugglep. 58
Guevara in the Congo and Boliviap. 60
Rapprochement with Moscow and the New Latin American Policyp. 65
The Revolutionary Offensive and the Harvest of 1970p. 68
Limits of the Internationalism of the 1960sp. 58
Guevara and 1968p. 64
The Failure of the Latin American Guerrilla Movementp. 68
Workers and Small Merchantsp. 70
Chapter 4 Economic Growth and the Soviet Modelp. 72
The Directions of Economic Policyp. 74
The Party: Mass Organizations and Institutionsp. 79
Dissent and Discontentp. 83
Renewed Internationalist Zealp. 86
Rates of Economic Growth: 1970-1985p. 74
Poder Popularp. 80
Chapter 5 A New Roadp. 94
The Strategy of "Rectification of Errors"p. 96
The Trial of General Ochoap. 99
Tensions with Moscow and Washingtonp. 103
What to do?p. 97
Restive Youthp. 100
Chapter 6 Embargo, the Fall of the Ussr, and Economic Opennessp. 106
The "Special Period"p. 107
The Crisis of the Balseros, or Boat Peoplep. 109
The Opening to Foreign Capital and Economic Reformp. 110
Hardening of the US Positionp. 114
An Intense Period of Diplomacyp. 118
Between Political Openings and Closingsp. 119
Reforms, Warnings, and Regretsp. 113
The Terms of the Embargop. 116
Resentment Created by Tourismp. 117
The Sirens of Consumer Societyp. 122
Bibliographyp. 124
Chronologyp. 125
Index of Namesp. 127