A History of the Cuban Revolution

John Wiley & Sons, 2010 M11 23 - 224 páginas
A History of the Cuban Revolution presents a concise socio-historical account of the Cuban Revolution of 1959, an event that continues to spark debate 50 years later.
  • Balances a comprehensive overview of the political and economic events of the revolution with a look at the revolution’s social impact
  • Provides a lively, on-the-ground look at the lives of ordinary people
  • Features both U.S. and Cuban perspectives to provide a complete and well-rounded look at the revolution and its repercussions
  • Encourages students to understand history through the viewpoint of individuals living it
  • Selected as a 2011 Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE

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I greatly enjoyed the book. It was well written, easy to understand and more importantly the book provided an incisive socio-historical account of the Cuban Revolution.
As the saying goes, there
are no neutral historians, therefore Aviva Chomsky is no exception. Reading through the first chapters, one can tell that her sympathies lie with the revolutionary ideals but she rose above her sympathies and wrote an honest and fair historical account of the Cuban revolution. Highlighting the revolution's successes, challenges, failures and contradictions. In the process, shading light into the competing, US and Cuban perspectives in analysing the revolution and its socio-economic and political repercussions.
According to the author, the genesis of these two competing perspectives arose from how differently, Cuba and its bully neighbour, the US assign meaning to the word "freedom". The US defines "freedom" as free enterprise, whereas Cuba defines "freedom" as free from foreign interreference and domination.
Although the book focuses on Cuba, it does more than just provide a comprehensive overview of the major political and economic events of the revolution. It introduces the reader to some of the most topical themes in Latin American History. In a sense, it provides great insight into the present US' rocky relationships with pro socialist regimes in Latin America.
A great read for students of history and international relations and for socialist ideologues and anti imperialism activists.


Cuba through 1959
Experiments with Socialism
Relations with the United States
Emigration and Internationalism
Art Culture and Revolution
Cuba Diversa
Socialism on One Island
Cuba into the TwentyFirst Century
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Aviva Chomsky is Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Salem State College in Massachusetts. Her previous books include Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class (2008), winner of the New England Council of Latin America's Best Book Prize, They Take Our Jobs! And 20 Other Myths about Immigration (2007), and West Indian Workers and the United Fruit Company in Costa Rica, 1870-1940 (1996).

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