The Cuban Revolution (1959-2009): Relations with Spain, the European Union, and the United States

Hardcover | December 18, 2009

byJ. Roy

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Fifty years after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution and the establishment of a Marxist-Leninist regime in Cuba, the two fundamental dimensions of this historical phenomenon are the survival of the system created by Fidel Castro and the policy of the United States to terminate it. Less known is the relationship of Cuba with other international actors. Most especially there is a certain vacuum in the literature dedicated to the link between Cuba and Europe and most specifically with some prominent European states, Spain in the lead. And the same time, even less studied, is the connection with the collective body known as the European Union (UE). This book reflects on this fascinating quadrangular relationship in the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.

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Fifty years after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution and the establishment of a Marxist-Leninist regime in Cuba, the two fundamental dimensions of this historical phenomenon are the survival of the system created by Fidel Castro and the policy of the United States to terminate it. Less known is the relationship of Cuba with other inte...

Joaquín Roy is Jean Monnet Professor and Director of the University of Miami’s  European Union Center of Excellence. He has published over 200 academic articles and reviews, and he is the author or editor of 35 books, among them Cuba, the U.S. and the Helms-Burton Doctrine: International Reactions (2000), Las relaciones exteriores de ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:December 18, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230619266

ISBN - 13:9780230619265

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Table of Contents

Spain and Cuba: A very special relationship * Washington, Havana, Brussels: collateral damage of a new Monroe Doctrine * Brussels and Cuba: Persuasion and frustration * Post-Franco Spain and Castro: A bipartisan democracy deals with a Marxist regime * Waiting for Fidel and Raúl: Resignation and expectation * Conclusion:  dilemmas and options

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"Richly detailed yet lively and engaging, Roy’s The Cuban Revolution focuses on the European Union’s longstanding ménage à trois with revolutionary Cuba and the United States. Drawing upon decades of painstaking research, Roy provides much more than a useful chronicle of the evolution of E.U. policy; he also offers a cogent explanation of Europe’s principled thinking on issues ranging from self-determination and non-intervention to promoting democracy and human rights – thinking that almost inevitably clashes with policies coming from both Washington and Havana. Highly recommended."--Lars Schoultz, Author of That Infernal Little Cuban Republic: The United States and the Cuban Revolution"I have read Roy´s work for many years, and regard him as the specialist on Cuba-Spain and Cuba-European Union relations. This book is a sweeping analysis of Cuban relations with the European Union. It is a work that is extremely timely, particularly in light of changes in the Cuban government since Raúl Castro took the helm. There have been important changes since then, and these will continue. In that context, the connections with the European Union will become increasingly important--and Roy is the person to build upon his detailed historical analysis and offer plausible scenarios. The greatest strength of the book is that nobody has done this before and nobody is better placed than Joaquín Roy to deal with this material."--John M. Kirk, Professor of Spanish, Dalhousie University