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Cuban communism
Horowitz, Irving Louis.
Tenth edition.
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New Brunswick, NJ : Transaction Publishers, [2001]

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xxii, 901 pages ; 23 cm
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There is no handier guide to the Castro regime and the debates swirling around it.-Foreign AffairsAppearing in the aftermath of the stunning events surrounding the Elian Gonzalez case, the nature of Cuban Communism has again become a core issue for the American people. Cuban Communism has widely come to be known as "the Bible of Cuban Studies." It has been updated and upgraded for the fourth decade of Castro's successful seizure of power, the longest running dictatorship in the world. In addition to articles and essays representing recent developments in Cuba, the work boasts an update of three new features that will make it even more important to students, scholars, and researchers in the area.The volume has an entirely new section on future prospects for civil society and democracy for Cuba in a post-Castro environment. It also contains a chronology of events from 1959 through 2000 that will be important as a guide for studying the period. Finally, the work contains a brief but carefully constructed who's who of important players in Cuba and the regime during the Castro-period.Some of the articles new to the tenth edition of Cuban Communism are by Ernesto Betancourt, "Technical Assistance Needs for Institutional Transformation"; Andrew Natsios, "Humanitarian Assistance During a Democratic Transition in Cuba"; Juan J. Lopez, "Non-Transition in Cuba"; Michael Radu, "United States and Cuba after Castro"; Sergio Diaz-Briquets, "International Lending Institutions in Cuba's Transition Process," and "Future Security Issues between the United States and Cuba" by Brian Latell. This edition sheds new light on why, despite predictions of imminent collapse, the Castro regime has remained in power. It offers insights into the survival potential of dictatorships and illegitimate regimes despite crisis and ostracism. It is, more than ever, a must volume for those interested in comparative political systems and social structures.Irving Louis Horowitz is Hannah Arendt Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at Rutgers University. Among his works are Three Worlds of Development, Beyond Empire and Revolution, and the Bacardi Lectures on Cuba, published as The Conscience of Worms and the Cowardice of Lions.Jaime Suchlicki is Bacardi Professor of History at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Miami, and executive director of its Cuban-American and Cuban Center. He is author of From Columbus to Castro, University Students and Revolution in Cuba, and Mexico: From Montezuma to Nafta, Chiapas and Beyond .

Author Notes

Irving Louis Horowit is Hannah Arendt distinguished university professor emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at Rutgers University and founding editor of Society. He serves as chairman and editorial director of Transaction Publishers. He is a life-long student of political sociology, having worked on the French anarchist tradition in such works as Radicalism and the Revolt Against Reason, and more recently the European statist and anti-statist traditions in Behemoth: Main Currents in the History and Theory of Political Sociology, his work on pacifism and violence in the political process.

Table of Contents

Irving Louis Horowitz and Jaime SuchlickiHugh ThomasRoberto Luque EscalonaNelson AmaroMarta San Martin and Ramon L. BonacheaJames G. Blight and Joseph S. Nye, Jr. and David A. WelchLuis E. AguilarTad SzulcCarmelo Mesa-LagoEfren Cordova and Eduardo Garcia MoureMary Katherine CrabbJulie M. BunckJorge F. Perez-LopezArchibald R.M. RitterAntonio JorgeEusebio Mujal-LeonBenigno E. AguirreEnrique A. BaloyraMarisela Fleites-LearLuis P. SalasJohn D. HarbronTim GoldenSilvia PedrazaPhyllis Greene WalkerRhoda RabkinIrving Louis HorowitzJuan M. del AguilaJaime SuchlickiJorge I. DominguezJaime SuchlickiSusan Kaufman PurcellMark FalcoffEdward GonzalezCarlos Alberto MontanerHoward J. WiardaJosep M. ColomerIrving Louis HorowitzBrian LatellSergio Diaz-BriquetsRobert D. Cruz and J. Antonio VillamilErnesto F. BetancourtMichael RaduJuan J. LopezAndrew S. Natsios
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xv
Part 1 History
1. Cuba: The United States and Batista, 1952-1958p. 3
2. The Sierra and the Plainsp. 13
3. Decentralization, Local Government, and Participation in Cubap. 30
4. Guerrillas at Warp. 44
5. The Cuban Missile Crisis Revisitedp. 68
6. Immutable Proclamations and Unintended Consequencesp. 85
7. Fidelismo: The Unfulfilled Ideologyp. 104
Part 2 Economy
8. Assessing Economic and Social Performance in the Cuban Transition of the 1990sp. 119
9. Labor Conditions in Revolutionary Cubap. 147
10. The Political Economy of Caudillismop. 160
11. Market-Oriented Marxism: Post-Cold War Transition in Cuba and Vietnamp. 182
12. Cuba's Socialist Economy: The Mid-1990sp. 205
13. Challenges and Policy Imperatives to the Economyp. 237
14. The U.S. Embargo and the Failure of the Cuban Economyp. 263
Part 3 Society
15. Higher Education and the Institutionalized Regimep. 281
16. The Conventionalization of Collective Behaviorp. 303
17. Political Control and Cuban Youthp. 330
18. Women, Family and the Cuban Revolutionp. 344
19. Juvenile Delinquency in Post-Revolutionary Cubap. 373
20. Journalism and Propaganda in the New Cubap. 392
21. Health Care in Cubap. 406
22. Cuba's Refugees: Manifold Migrationsp. 411
Part 4 Military
23. Political-Military Relations from 1959 to the Presentp. 437
24. Human Rights and Military Rule in Cubap. 461
25. Military Origin and Evolution of the Cuban Revolutionp. 482
26. The Cuban Armed Forces: Changing Roles, Continued Loyaltiesp. 512
27. Cuban Military Influences on Political and Economic Decision-Makingp. 526
Part 5 Polity
28. Why the Cuban Regime Has Not Fallenp. 533
29. Cuba: Without Subsidiesp. 541
30. Cuba: Economic Sanctions and American Diplomacyp. 550
31. Cuba and the United States: Back to the Beginningp. 572
32. Actors, Models, and Endgamesp. 594
33. The Cuban Revolution and Its Acolytesp. 605
34. Crises of the Castro Regimep. 616
35. After Fidel, What?: Forecasting Institutional Changes in Cubap. 634
36. Political Pilgrimage and the End of Ideologyp. 650
Part 6 Transition to Civil Society
37. The United States and Cuba: Future Security Issuesp. 663
38. Role of the United States and International Lending Institutions in Cuba's Transitionp. 678
39. Sustainable Small Enterprise Development in a Cuban Transition Economyp. 694
40. Selected Technical Assistance Needs during the Cuban Transitionp. 722
41. Festina Lente--The United States and Cuba After Castrop. 768
42. The Nontransition in Cuba: Problems and Prospects for Changep. 787
43. Humanitarian Assistance during a Democratic Transition in Cubap. 822
44. Chronology of the Cuban Revolution: 1959-2000p. 837
45. Current and Past Revolutionary Leadersp. 876
Contributorsp. 893