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What Was Communism? #02: The Cuban Drumbeat: Castro's Worldview: Cuban Foreign Policy in a Hostile World

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Reflecting on Cubas unique foreign policy—both its meaning and its legacy—and how Cuba has adjusted to a world dominated by the United States, Piero Gleijeses asserts in The Cuban Drumbeat that it has been a policy without equal in modern times. During the cold war, extra-continental military interventions were the preserve of the two superpowers, a few West European countries, and Cuba. Gleijeses documents how the rest of the world was regularly stunned by Cubas massive uses of force, including the 1975-76 dispatch of 36,000 Cuban soldiers to Angola to repel a South African invasion, the 12,000 Cuban soldiers sent to Ethiopia in 1978 to help defeat a Somali invasion, and the 55,000 Cuban soldiers present in Angola by 1988. Even the Soviet Union sent far fewer troops beyond its immediate borders in those years than did Cuba. 

 

The Cuban Drumbeat describes how the cold war framed three decades of Castros revolutionary zeal; but, Gleijeses argues, Castros vision was always larger than the cold war.  For Castro, the battle against imperialism—his raison dêtre—is more than the struggle against the United States: it is the war against despair and oppression in the Third World—a war that continues even though the future of Castros policies is uncertain.

 

About the Author

Piero Gleijeses is Professor of American Foreign Policy in the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of many books on the subject of Latin America, including Politics and Culture in Guatemala, Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution and the United States, and Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington and Africa, 1959-1976.  

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
 
The Burden of the Past
 
Relations with Moscow
 
Africa: The Beginnings
 
Angola
 
A Policy Without Equal
 
The Horn of Africa
 
Southern Africa
 
Humanitarian Assistance
 
The Balance Sheet
 
Notes
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781906497378
Author:
Gleijeses, Piero
Publisher:
Seagull Books
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Policy
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Communism & Socialism
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - Cuba
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Policy
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Seagull Books - What Was Communism?
Series Volume:
02
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
7 x 4.25 in

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