The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, and Legacy

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byMarifeli Perez-Stable

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This timely and provocative study provides a reexamination of the Cuban revolution and places it firmly in a historical context. Beginning with the inauguration of the republic in 1902 and addressing Castro's triumphant entry into Santiago de Cuba in 1959, The Cuban Revolution highlights thefactors that made Cuba susceptible to revolution, including its one-crop (sugar) economy and U.S. interference in Cuban affairs. While identifying radical nationalism - the defense of national sovereignty and social justice - as a legitimate factor behind the revolution, author Marifeli Perez-Stablealso provides insight into the problems facing Castro's Cuba. Arguing that the revolution actually ended in 1970, she blames its defeat on the regime's profitable yet doomed dependence on the Soviet Union. She further charges that Cuba's leaders failed to diversify the economy, to sustain development, or to create democratic institutions. Ideal for advancedundergraduate and graduate courses in Latin American history and politics, The Cuban Revolution, Third Edition, offers students fresh insights into contemporary Cuba.

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This timely and provocative study provides a reexamination of the Cuban revolution and places it firmly in a historical context. Beginning with the inauguration of the republic in 1902 and addressing Castro's triumphant entry into Santiago de Cuba in 1959, The Cuban Revolution highlights thefactors that made Cuba susceptible to revolut...

Marifeli Perez-Stable is Professor of Sociology at Florida International University. She is the editor of the forthcoming reader, Looking Forward: Cuba's Pending Transition in Comparative Perspective (University of Notre Dame Press). Her works in progress include a political biography of Fidel Castro (Polity Press) and Intimate Enemi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 13, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195367081

ISBN - 13:9780195367089

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ContentsTablesPrefacePreface to the Second EditionPreface to the First EditionAcronyms1. Mediated Sovereignty, Monoculture, and DevelopmentClassic Dependence in CrisisReformism in the Making, 1927-1958State and SocietyStandards of LivingWomen in Prerevolutionary CubaThe Cuba That Might Have Been2. The First RepublicPolitics at the Dawn of IndependenceThe War of 1895 Comes to an EndThe Civic March (April 20-May 11, 1902)Critical Junctures in the First RepublicThe 1905-1906 Reelection CrisisMario Garc!a Menocal's Counterfeit Reelection in 1916Gerardo Machado's Election in 1924 and the Cooperativismo of 1928A Mobilized SocietyThe Revolution of 19333. The Second RepublicConstitutional Democracy, 1940-1952The Coup of March 10, 1952 and the Mainstream OppositionThe November 1, 1954 Elections and Their AftermathThe Batistato and Cuban SocietyThe Working ClassThe OppositionCuban Society: A House of CardsThe Malestar Difuso as Breeding Ground for Radicalism4. Revolution and Radical Nationalism, 1959-1961Reformism, the Clases Econcmicas, and the RevolutionThe Working Class and the Revolutionary GovernmentRevolutionary Politics and the Clases Populares5. Politics and Society, 1961-1970The Incipient Institutional Order, 1961-1965The Formation of a Vanguard PartyUnions, Workers, and ConcienciaThe Federation of Cuban WomenThe United States, Cuba, and Cuban ExilesThe Origins of the Radical ExperimentThe Parallel Construction of Communism and SocialismThe Withering Away of Trade UnionsThe Politics of MobilizationThe 1970 Watershed6. Politics and Society, 1971-1986Revolution and InstitutionalizationThe Trade Unions as Mass OrganizationsWorkers and the EconomyWorkers and ManagementThe Federation of Cuban Women and Gender EqualityWomen and WorkThe PCC as a Vanguard PartyCrossroads at Three Party Congresses7. Rectification and Reconstitution, 1986-1998The Process of RectificationThe Economics of RectificationThe Politics of RectificationThe Cuban Communist Party as the Cold War EndedThe CTC and the FMC in the Rectification ProcessThe Fourth Party CongressMobilizational Politics and the Cuban EconomyPolitical Trends of the Special PeriodThe Character of Cuban ElitesReforming Popular Power AssembliesThe Role of the MilitaryThe Dynamics of Popular Support, Quiescence, and Opposition8. Mobilizational Politics Redux and RaLl Castro's CubaCuba and the WorldThe United StatesThe Bush AdministrationThe Obama AdministrationThe International CommunityCuba Isn't IsolatedMobilizational Politics ReduxThe Comandante Steps AsideRaLl Castro's CubaPolitics as Usual?Economic ReformsThe Sixth Party CongressNotesIndex