Synopses & Reviews
Spanning the history of the island from pre-Columbian times to the present, this highly acclaimed survey examines Cuba's political and economic development within the context of its international relations and continuing struggle for self-determination. The dualism that emerged in Cuban ideology--between liberal constructs of patria and radical formulations of nationality --is fully investigated as a source not only of national tension but of competing notions of liberty, equality, and justice which would eventually determine the form and function of Cuban mobilization. Perez integrates local and provincial developments with issues of class, race, and gender to give students a full and fascinating account of the Cuban history of struggle for nationality. The new, second edition includes the latest research on Cuba, adding a new chapter on the political and economic changes that have occurred since the Soviet Union stopped subsidizing for the Cuban economy.
Praise for the previous edition:
"Elegant in style, impressive in documentation, balanced in coverage, this book is probably the best single-volume study of Cuban history available....A marvelous synthesis of the latest and best scholarship...a highly recommended addition to any library."--Choice
The new, second edition includes the latest research on Cuba, adding a new chapter on the political and economic changes that have occurred since the Soviet Union stopped subsidizing the Cuban economy.
About the Author
About the Author
Louis A. Perez, Jr., is Graduate Research Professor in History at the University of South Florida. He has written four other books on Cuban history.
Table of Contents
Topographical Map of Cuba, xiv
1. Georgraphy and Pre-Columbian Peoples, 3
2. Colony and Society, 21
3. Out from the Shadows, 49
4. Transformation and Transition, 70
5. Reform and Revolution in the Colony, 104
6. Between Wars, 129
7. Revolution and Intervention, 156
8. The Structure of the Republic, 189
9. Reform and Revolution in the Republic, 229
10. The Eclipse of Old Cuba, 276
11. Between the Old and the New, 313
12. Socialist Cuba, 337
Political Chronology, 407
Selective Guide to the Literature, 425