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Inside the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground

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Julia Sweig shatters the mythology surrounding the Cuban Revolution in a compelling revisionist history that reconsiders the revolutionary roles of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara and restores to a central position the leadership of the Cuban urban underground, the Llano. Granted unprecedented access to the classified records of Castro's 26th of July Movement's underground operatives--the only scholar inside or outside of Cuba allowed access to the complete collection in the Cuban Council of State's Office of Historic Affairs--she details the ideological, political, and strategic debates between Castro's mountain-based guerrilla movement and the urban revolutionaries in Havana, Santiago, and other cities.

In a close study of the fifteen months from November 1956 to July 1958, when the urban underground leadership was dominant, Sweig examines the debate between the two groups over whether to wage guerrilla warfare in the countryside or armed insurrection in the cities, and is the first to document the extent of Castro's cooperation with the Llano. She unveils the essential role of the urban underground, led by such figures as Frank País, Armando Hart, Haydée Santamaria, Enrique Oltuski, and Faustino Pérez, in controlling critical decisions on tactics, strategy, allocation of resources, and relations with opposition forces, political parties, Cuban exiles, even the United States--contradicting the standard view of Castro as the primary decision maker during the revolution.

In revealing the true relationship between Castro and the urban underground, Sweig redefines the history of the Cuban Revolution, offering guideposts for understanding Cuban politics in the 1960s and raising intriguing questions for the future transition of power in Cuba.

Synopsis:

Julia Sweig shatters the mythology surrounding the Cuban Revolution in a compelling revisionist history that reconsiders the revolutionary roles of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara and restores to a central position the leadership of the Cuban urban underground, the Llano. Granted unprecedented access to the classified records of Castro's 26th of July Movement's underground operatives--the only scholar inside or outside of Cuba allowed access to the complete collection in the Cuban Council of State's Office of Historic Affairs--she details the ideological, political, and strategic debates between Castro's mountain-based guerrilla movement and the urban revolutionaries in Havana, Santiago, and other cities.

In a close study of the fifteen months from November 1956 to July 1958, when the urban underground leadership was dominant, Sweig examines the debate between the two groups over whether to wage guerrilla warfare in the countryside or armed insurrection in the cities, and is the first to document the extent of Castro's cooperation with the Llano. She unveils the essential role of the urban underground, led by such figures as Frank Pas, Armando Hart, Hayde Santamaria, Enrique Oltuski, and Faustino Prez, in controlling critical decisions on tactics, strategy, allocation of resources, and relations with opposition forces, political parties, Cuban exiles, even the United States--contradicting the standard view of Castro as the primary decision maker during the revolution.

In revealing the true relationship between Castro and the urban underground, Sweig redefines the history of the Cuban Revolution, offering guideposts for understanding Cuban politics in the 1960s and raising intriguing questions for the future transition of power in Cuba.

About the Author

Julia E. Sweigis Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the <>Latin America Program at the Council on ForeignRelations.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Introduction: History, Mythology, and Revolution

1. "Tactics in Politics and Tactics in Revolution Are Not the Same"

2. The Sierra Manifesto

3. "We Had to Act a Bit Dictatorially"

4. Defining Opposition Unity on the Ground

5. Fear and Loathing in Miami

6. Taming the Politiqueros in Exile

7. With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

8. Total War?

9. The Golden Age of the Llano

10. The Arms Race

11. Politics and Popular Insurrection

12. "Bordering on Chaos"

13. Picking up the Pieces

14. Unity: "Like a Magic Word"

15. The Pact of Caracas

16. Hasta La Victoria!

Epilogue: Transitions Then and Now

About the Research

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674008489
Subtitle:
Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground
Author:
Sweig, Julia E.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
Cuba
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
Revolutionaries
Subject:
Guerrillas
Subject:
Castro, Fidel
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
bk. 25.
Publication Date:
20020627
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 halftones, 2 maps
Pages:
286
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 1.3 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Latin America » Cuba
History and Social Science » World History » Caribbean

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Product details 286 pages Harvard University Press - English 9780674008489 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Julia Sweig shatters the mythology surrounding the Cuban Revolution in a compelling revisionist history that reconsiders the revolutionary roles of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara and restores to a central position the leadership of the Cuban urban underground, the Llano. Granted unprecedented access to the classified records of Castro's 26th of July Movement's underground operatives--the only scholar inside or outside of Cuba allowed access to the complete collection in the Cuban Council of State's Office of Historic Affairs--she details the ideological, political, and strategic debates between Castro's mountain-based guerrilla movement and the urban revolutionaries in Havana, Santiago, and other cities.

In a close study of the fifteen months from November 1956 to July 1958, when the urban underground leadership was dominant, Sweig examines the debate between the two groups over whether to wage guerrilla warfare in the countryside or armed insurrection in the cities, and is the first to document the extent of Castro's cooperation with the Llano. She unveils the essential role of the urban underground, led by such figures as Frank Pas, Armando Hart, Hayde Santamaria, Enrique Oltuski, and Faustino Prez, in controlling critical decisions on tactics, strategy, allocation of resources, and relations with opposition forces, political parties, Cuban exiles, even the United States--contradicting the standard view of Castro as the primary decision maker during the revolution.

In revealing the true relationship between Castro and the urban underground, Sweig redefines the history of the Cuban Revolution, offering guideposts for understanding Cuban politics in the 1960s and raising intriguing questions for the future transition of power in Cuba.

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