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Socialist Cuba : past interpretations and future challenges
Roca, Sergio.
Publication Information:
Boulder : Westview Press, 1988.
Physical Description:
xiv, 253 pages ; 23 cm.
Reading Level:
1570 Lexile.
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One of the best of a recent spate of books about Cuba. It avoids a major pitfall of edited volumes: unevenness of contributions. All of the authors are well-established Cubanologists, and each provides insightful essays. Jorge Dominguez, Jaun M. del Aguila, and Rhoda Rabkin write on political aspects of the Cuban revolution; Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Sergio Roca, and Jorge Perez-Lopez contribute chapters on the Cuban economy; and Sergio Diaz-Briquets, Carlos Moore, and Margaret Crahan examine social relations in Castro's Cuba. Despite the overall high quality of the work, the section on social relations stands out as a major contribution to understanding the dynamics of Cuba today. Carlos Moore's chapter on race relations in Cuba should be required reading for all students of Cuba. Moore (Cuban Race Relations, 1987) is an outstanding authority on the subject and his objective assessment of Cuban society is well worth the price of the entire collection. Although the book might have profited from some more divergent viewpoints than those expressed here, overall it is of high quality and should be acquired by college libraries. For upper-level students. -E. A. Duff, Randolph-Macon Woman's College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Remembering Carlosp. xiii
Part 1 Political Aspectsp. 1
1 Blaming Itself, Not Himself: Cuba's Political Regime After the Third Party Congressp. 3
2 Cuba's Foreign Relations in the Late 1980sp. 11
Conclusionp. 27
Notesp. 28
3 Cuba: The Aging of a Revolutionp. 33
Conclusionp. 51
Notesp. 53
Part 2 Economic Issuesp. 57
4 The Cuban Economy in the 1980s: The Return of Ideologyp. 59
5 Cuba's International Economic Relations in the Late 1980sp. 101
Conclusionp. 117
6 Cuban Hard-Currency Trade and Oil Reexportsp. 123
Conclusionp. 149
Notesp. 150
Part 3 Social Relationsp. 157
7 Age-Structure, Fertility Swings, and Socioeconomic Development in Cubap. 159
Conclusionp. 174
Notesp. 174
8 Race Relations in Socialist Cubap. 175
9 Cuba: Religion and Revolutionary Institutionalizationp. 207
10 Summary and Conclusionsp. 231
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 245
Indexp. 247