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Cuba : order and revolution
Domínguez, Jorge I., 1945-
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Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978.
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xix, 683 pages ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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Upon publication in the late 1970s this book was the first major historical analysis of twentieth-century Cuba. Focusing on the way Cuba has been governed, and in particular on the way a changing elite has made claims to legitimate rule, it carefully examines each of Cuba's three main political eras: the first, from Independence in 1902 to the Presidency of Gerardo Machado in 1933; the second, under Batista, from 1934 until 1958; and finally, Castro's revolution, from 1959 to the present.

Jorge Domínguez discusses the political roles played by interest groups, mass organizations, and the military. He also investigates the impact of international affairs on Cuba and provides the first printed data on many aspects of political, economic, and social change since 1959. He deals in depth with agrarian politics and peasant protest since 1937, and his concluding chapter on Cuba's present culture is a fascinating insight into a society which--though vitally important--remains mysterious to most readers in the United States.

Cuba's role in international affairs is vastly greater than its size. The revolution led by Fidel Castro, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the missile crisis in 1962, the underwriting of revolution in Latin America and recently in Africa--all these events have thrust Cuba onto the modern world stage. Anyone hoping to understand this country and its people, and above all its changing systems of government, will find this book essential.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Prerevolutionary Cuba Governing through PluralizatIon, 1902-1933
The Political Impact of Imperialism Imperalism and a Pluralized Economy Government Authority
The Purposes of Government
The Political Party System Cleavages outside the Party System Governing through Regulation and Distribution, 1933-1958
The Retreat of Empire and the Rise of Hegemony Hegemony and the Economy Social Mobilization
Economic Growth and Social Welfare Government
Authority The Weight of Government
The Purposes of Government Political Cleavages and Parties
The Breakdown of the Political System
The Problem of Political Illegitimacy
The Politics of Breakdown
Part 2 Revolutionary Cuba: Governing through Centralization International
Influences, Society, and the Economy Hegemony and Revolutionary Politics Social Mobilization through Education
The Economy and Social Welfare Establishing a New Government
Government Authority and the Centralization of Power Structuring Revolutionary Politics
The Formation of the Communist Party Social Bases and Political Purposes Social Effects of Redistribution Bureaucratization and Social Change
The Constitution of 1976 and the Formalization of the State
The Law and the Courts Mass Political Participation
The Committees for the Defense of the Revolution
The Cuban Women's Federation
The Cuban Labor Confederation Youth Organizations
The Political Impact of Popular Participation in Government Elections and Electoral Procedures
Political Mobilization Measuring the Public Mood
The Communist Party
The Ruling Elite Party Membership
The Communist Youth Union Functions of the Communist Party Internal Party Structure Party Schools
The Party's Claim to Rule
The Civic Soldier
The Military Mission of the Armed Forces
The Socioeconomic Mission of the Armed Forces
The Political Mission of the Armed Forces
Part 3 Political Processes and Change Setting Public Policy Setting Economic Policy Setting
Intellectual and Scientific Policy Policymaking and Social Institutions Legislation and Legislative Processes Planning for the Nation Agrarian Conflict and Peasant Politics
Agrarian Conflict before the Revolutlon Revolution Revo&iffonary Rule, and Agrarian Conflict
The National Association of Small Peasants Political Culture Political Participation Cooperation and Individualism Explaining
Continuity and Change after the Revolution Change among Students in the Early 1960s
National Integration Forming the New Socialist Citizen Women and the Revolution Social Stress and Revolutionory Change Appendixes
The Impact of International Economic Factors on Internal Affairs: Three Perspectives Changes in the Height of Cubans Racial
Inequality in Public Health Textual Changes in the Draft Constitution of 1976 and the Draft Family Code
Members of the People's Socialist Party in the Communist Party's Central Committee Cooperation among Cuban Scientists