Synopses & Reviews
Cuba's history is told in eight chronological chapters, from its earliest days as a Spanish colony, through its wars for independence and the U.S. occupation in the 20th century, Cuba's various reform movements, Batista, the Cold War, and the so-called Special Period, when Cuba faced the crisis of the downfall of the Soviet Union. Also included are a timeline, biographies of key players, and a bibliographic essay. With special emphasis on the 20th century, the Castro era, and Cuban-U.S. relations, this is the most recent, accessible, and current history of Cuba available, making it the perfect starting point for anyone seeking a concise and readable history of Cuba.
Cuba is much more than cigars, classic automobiles, and Castro. This remarkable nation has had a long history of relations with larger political powers that were drawn to the island because of its valuable resources and strategic location. Ties between Cuba and the United States have been strong since the mid-19th century, and the theme of U.S. dominance over the island and its people is a primary historical perspective.
This is the most recent, accessible, and current history of Cuba available, making it the perfect starting point for anyone seeking a concise and readable history of Cuba.
About the Author
CLIFFORD L. STATEN is Associate Professor of Political Science and Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Indiana University Southeast.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword by Frank Thackeray and John E. Findling
Timeline of Historical Events
Cuba and Its People
Early Cuba: Colonialism, Sugar and Nationalism
The Wars for Independence and US Occupation
US Dominance, the Failure of Reform and the Rise of Batista
The Fall of Batista
Revolution and Cold War
Economic Change, Institutionalization and Cold War
Post Cold War Cuba and the Future
Notable People in the History of Cuba