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The Cuban Revolution

Origins, Course, and Legacy

Third Edition

Marifeli Perez-Stable

Publication Date - December 2011

ISBN: 9780195367089

240 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $38.95

Offers fresh insights into the successes and failures of the Cuban revolution

Description

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 the factors 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 Pérez-Stable also 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 advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in Latin American history and politics, The Cuban Revolution, Third Edition, offers students fresh insights into contemporary Cuba.

New to this Edition

* Revised coverage of radical nationalism that demonstrates how the actions of Cubans themselves-the elites, the popular sectors, and the middle classes-made the revolution possible
* A more central focus on the tensions between Fidel Castro's leadership, Cuban institutions, and economic policies
* New, largely unpublished research in Chapters 2 and 3
* A new concluding chapter, in which the author updates the transition from Fidel to Raúl Castro

New to this Edition

  • Revised coverage of radical nationalism that demonstrates how the actions of Cubans themselves-the elites, the popular sectors, and the middle classes-made the revolution possible.
  • A more central focus on the tensions between Fidel Castro's leadership, Cuban institutions, and economic policies.
  • New, largely unpublished research in Chapters 2 and 3.
  • A new concluding chapter, in which the author updates the transition from Fidel to Raúl Castro.

About the Author(s)

Marifeli Pérez-Stable is Professor of Sociology at Florida International University.

Previous Publication Date(s)

December 1998
December 1993

Reviews

"This is by far the best work I have read on contemporary Cuba. It is a competent study that strives for--and achieves--remarkable impartiality. The Cuban Revolution conveys the probing intelligence and profound thoughtfulness that produces permanence. It is a work not just for a single season but for a very long time."--Franklin W. Knight, The John Hopkins University

"What we have in The Cuban Revolution is the most complete, sustained intellectual effort to do with the Cuban revolution what dozens of authors have done for the Mexican revolution-to indicate the native roots of the rebellion and, most importantly, to demonstrate how these roots were of primordial significance in determining the evolution of the revolution over the course of nearly half a century."--Lars Schoultz, University of North Carolina

Table of Contents

    Tables
    Preface
    Preface to the Second Edition
    Preface to the First Edition
    Acronyms

    1. Mediated Sovereignty, Monoculture, and Development
    Classic Dependence in Crisis
    Reformism in the Making, 1927-1958
    State and Society
    Standards of Living
    Women in Prerevolutionary Cuba
    The Cuba That Might Have Been

    2. The First Republic
    Politics at the Dawn of Independence
    The War of 1895 Comes to an End
    The Civic March (April 20-May 11, 1902)
    Critical Junctures in the First Republic
    The 1905-1906 Reelection Crisis
    Mario García Menocal's Counterfeit Reelection in 1916
    Gerardo Machado's Election in 1924 and the Cooperativismo of 1928
    A Mobilized Society
    The Revolution of 1933

    3. The Second Republic
    Constitutional Democracy, 1940-1952
    The Coup of March 10, 1952 and the Mainstream Opposition
    The November 1, 1954 Elections and Their Aftermath
    The Batistato and Cuban Society
    The Working Class
    The Opposition
    Cuban Society: A House of Cards
    The Malestar Difuso as Breeding Ground for Radicalism

    4. Revolution and Radical Nationalism, 1959-1961
    Reformism, the Clases Económicas, and the Revolution
    The Working Class and the Revolutionary Government
    Revolutionary Politics and the Clases Populares

    5. Politics and Society, 1961-1970 202
    The Incipient Institutional Order, 1961-1965
    The Formation of a Vanguard Party
    Unions, Workers, and Conciencia
    The Federation of Cuban Women
    The United States, Cuba, and Cuban Exiles
    The Origins of the Radical Experiment
    The Parallel Construction of Communism and Socialism
    The Withering Away of Trade Unions
    The Politics of Mobilization
    The 1970 Watershed

    6. Politics and Society, 1971-1986
    Revolution and Institutionalization
    The Trade Unions as Mass Organizations
    Workers and the Economy
    Workers and Management
    The Federation of Cuban Women and Gender Equality
    Women and Work
    The PCC as a Vanguard Party
    Crossroads at Three Party Congresses

    7. Rectification and Reconstitution, 1986-1998
    The Process of Rectification
    The Economics of Rectification
    The Politics of Rectification
    The Cuban Communist Party as the Cold War Ended
    The CTC and the FMC in the Rectification Process
    The Fourth Party Congress
    Mobilizational Politics and the Cuban Economy
    Political Trends of the Special Period
    The Character of Cuban Elites
    Reforming Popular Power Assemblies
    The Role of the Military
    The Dynamics of Popular Support, Quiescence, and Opposition

    8. Mobilizational Politics Redux and Raúl Castro's Cuba
    Cuba and the World
    The United States
    The Bush Administration
    The Obama Administration
    The International Community
    Cuba Isn't Isolated
    Mobilizational Politics Redux
    The Comandante Steps Aside
    Raúl Castro's Cuba
    Politics as Usual?
    Economic Reforms
    The Sixth Party Congress

    Notes
    Index