Cuba in Revolution
A History Since the Fifties
By (author) Antoni Kapcia
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Cuba in Revolution by Antoni Kapcia
Book DescriptionThe recent retirement of Fidel Castro turned the world's attention towards the island nation of Cuba and the question of what its future holds. Amid the talk and hypothesizing, it is worth taking a moment to consider how Cuba reached this point. Antoni Kapcia provides this with his incisive history of Cuba since 1959. Kapcia's history takes the Cuban Revolution as its starting point, analysing the process of social revolution, its benefits and disadvantages, popular participation in the revolution and the development of its ideology. Kapcia probes Castro's rapid rise to national leader, exploring his politics of defence and dissent as well as his contentious relationship with the USA 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 catalysed 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781861894021
(198mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 13-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Antoni Kapcia
Literary Culture in Cuba, Paperback (December 2015)
Available in paperback for the first time, this book brings an original and innovative approach to a much-misunderstood aspect of the Cuban Revolution: the place of literature and the creation of a literary culture.
Leadership in the Cuban Revolution, Paperback (September 2014)
A history of the forgotten leaders of the Cuban Revolution.
Cuba, Paperback (October 2000)» View all books by Antoni Kapcia
What is at the root of the continuity and success of the Cuban "Revolution" and in what sense can it be termed a "revolution"? This study of Cuba examines its history and revolutionary transformation through the evolution of ideology and myth.
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Author Biography - Antoni Kapcia
Antoni Kapcia is Professor of Latin American History at the University of Nottingham. He is also the author of Cuba: Island of Dreams (2000) and Havana: The Making of Cuban Culture (2005).
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