Cuba in Revolution: A History Since the Fifties by Antoni KapciaCuba in Revolution: A History Since the Fifties by Antoni Kapcia

Cuba in Revolution: A History Since the Fifties

byAntoni Kapcia

Paperback | November 15, 2008

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The recent retirement of Fidel Castro turned the world’s attention toward the tiny but prominent island nation of Cuba and the question of what its future holds. Amid all of the talk and hypothesizing, it is worth taking a moment to consider how Cuba reached this point, which is what Antoni Kapcia provides with his incisive history of Cuba since 1959.

Cuba In Revolution takes the Cuban Revolution as its starting point, analyzing social change, its benefits and disadvantages, popular participation in the revolution, and the development of its ideology. Kapcia probes into Castro’s rapid rise to national leader, exploring his politics of defense and dissent as well as his contentious relationship with the United States from the beginning of his reign. The book also considers the evolution of the revolution’s international profile and Cuba’s foreign relations over the years, investigating issues and events such as the Bay of Pigs crisis, Cuban relations with Communist nations like Russia and China, and the flight of asylum-seeking Cubans to Florida over the decades.  The collapse of the Soviet Union between 1989 and 1991 catalyzed a severe economic and political crisis in Cuba, but Cuba was surprisingly resilient in the face of the catastrophe, Kapcia notes, and he examines the strategies adopted by Cuba over the last two decades in order to survive America’s longstanding trade embargo.

A fascinating and much-needed examination of a country that has served as an important political symbol and diplomatic enigma for the twentieth century, Cuba In Revolution is a critical primer for all those interested in Cuba’s past—or concerned with its future.
Antoni Kapcia is professor of Latin American history at the University of Nottingham. He is also the author of Cuba: Island of Dreams and Havana: The Making of Cuban Culture, and coeditor of The Changing Dynamic of Cuban Civil Society. 
Title:Cuba in Revolution: A History Since the FiftiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:November 15, 2008Publisher:Reaktion BooksLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Major Abbreviations Used
Introduction: The Emergence of a Revolution
1  Permanent Crisis: The Trajectory of the Revolution
2  Benefiting from the Revolution: The 1960s
3  Living the Revolution: Participation, Involvement and Inclusion
4  Thinking the Revolution: The Evolution of an Ideology
5  Spreading the Revolution: The Evolution of an External Profile
6  Defending the Revolution: Dealing with Dissent
7  Rescuing the Revolution in the 1990s: Crisis, Adaptation and the Return to Basics
Epilogue: Fidel Castro and the Question of Leadership
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Editorial Reviews

"This reliably accurate and comprehensive narrative provides an extremely original and insightful analysis of the Cuban revolution. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice