Cuba Libre: A 500-Year Quest for Independence

Cuba Libre: A 500-Year Quest for Independence

by Philip Brenner, Peter Eisner

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This book presents a concise introduction to Cuba since 1942 by a knockout combination of one American’s most respected scholars of Cuba and an award-winning journalist—both known for their clear and engaging writing. This is the first introduction to balance historical and contemporary coverage and to include a nuanced and balanced analysis of important new scholarship in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742566705
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 438
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Philip Brenner is professor of international relations and director of the Interdisciplinary Council on Latin America at American University.
Peter Eisner is an award-winning author and journalist, and a veteran foreign correspondent specializing on Latin America. He is consulting editor at the PBS television program, Worldfocus, and has been an editor and reporter at the Washington Post, Newsday, and the Associated Press.

Table of Contents

Part I: 1492–1598
Chapter 1: Columbus Arrives and Spain Colonizes Cuba, 1492–1550
Chapter 2: Sugar and Slavery
Chapter 3: 1868–1898: Struggle for Independence
Chapter 4: Cuban Independence War and U.S. Occupation
Chapter 5: From Occupation to “Good Neighbor”
Chapter 6: 1934–1958: Playground of the Western World and Rise of Batista
Chapter 7: 1953–1958: The Revolutionary Struggle
Part II: 1959–1989
Chapter 8: The Quest for Sovereignty
Chapter 9: Consolidating the Revolution: Culture and Politics
Chapter 10: Consolidating the Revolution: Economic Reforms, New Institutions, and Basic Needs
Chapter 11: Bay of Pigs/Playa Girón
Chapter 12: The Missile Crisis
Chapter 13: Foreign Policy in the 1960s: Exporting Revolution, Chinese Flirtations, and Soviet Tensions
Chapter 14: 1963–1975: Internal Adjustments and Advancing Equality
Chapter 15: 1970s: Becoming a Third World Leader
Chapter 16: 1980: Mariel Exodus—A Warning Signal
Chapter 17: 1981–1990: Change and Rectification at Home and Abroad
Part III: 1990–2016
Chapter 18: 1990–2000: The “Special Period” in a Time of Peace
Chapter 19: The Cuban Diaspora and Racial Inequality
Chapter 20: 1995–1998: Helms-Burton, U.S.-Cuban Relations, and Terrorism
Chapter 21: 1998–2000: The Pope Goes to Cuba, Elián Goes to Miami
Chapter 22: 2001–2006: The Search for a Viable Strategy
Chapter 23: 2006–2009: The Transition from Fidel to Raúl Castro
Chapter 24: 2010–2016: Securing Cuba’s Independence through Economic Change
Chapter 25: 2010–2016: Securing Cuba’s Independence through Foreign Policy
Chapter 26: Change, Continuity, and the Future
Appendix: Chronology of Major Events

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