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Between Reform and Revolution

Fifth Edition

Louis A. Pérez, Jr.

Publication Date - October 2014

ISBN: 9780199301447

496 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Examining Cuba's political and economic development within the context of its international relations and continuing struggle for self-determination


Spanning the history of the island from pre-Columbian times to the present, this highly acclaimed survey examines Cuba's political and economic development within the context of its international relations and continuing struggle for self-determination. The dualism that emerged in Cuban ideology--between liberal constructs of patria and radical formulations of nationality--is fully investigated as a source of both national tension and competing notions of liberty, equality, and justice. Author Louis A. Pérez, Jr., integrates local and provincial developments with issues of class, race, and gender to give students a full and fascinating account of Cuba's history, focusing on its struggle for nationality.

New to this Edition

  • Updated to include recent events, particularly from the post-Castro era
  • More coverage of U.S.-Cuban relations and the anti-Batista movement
  • Sidebars on such topics as women, music, literature, and sports
  • New illustrations, including a new map of the island to reflect recent provincial reorganization
  • An expanded bibliographical section highlighting the most current scholarship

About the Author(s)

Louis A. Pérez, Jr., is J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Cuba in the American Imagination (2008), On Becoming Cuban (2007), and The War of 1898 (1998).

Previous Publication Date(s)

February 2010
July 2005
November 1995


"This is the best overview of the modern history of Cuba. Pérez is the most informed and articulate scholar of Cuba in the world, as far as I am concerned."--Dale Graden, University of Idaho

"Pérez has a deep knowledge of the subject matter and moves easily from one historical period to the next. The text is very effective because of Perez's easy-to-follow narrative, meticulous knowledge of Cuban affairs, and engaging style."--Jorge Chimea, Wayne State University

Table of Contents

    Preface to the Fourth Edition
    Preface to the First Edition

    1. Geography and Pre-Columbian Peoples
    2. Colony and Society
    3. Out from the Shadows
    4. Transformation and Transition
    5. Reform and Revolution in the Colony
    6. Between Wars
    7. Revolution and Intervention
    8. The Structure of the Republic
    9. Reform and Revolution in the Republic
    10. The Eclipse of Old Cuba
    11. Between the Old and the New
    12. Socialist Cuba
    13. Cuba in the Post-Cold War World

    Political Chronology
    Selective Guide to the Literature

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