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A Short History of Revolutionary Cuba: Revolution, Power, Authority andthe State from 1959 to the Present Day

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Published By: Bloomsbury
 
Published: 11-Feb-2021
Format: Paperback, 224 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9781788312165
Stock Code: 8312165
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Few island nations have stirred the soul like Cuba. From Hemingway' s intoxicating Havana to Ry Coode' s Buena Vista Social Club, outsiders have persistently been fascinated by Cuba for its music (jazz to rumba), its rich literature, its art and dance (danón to mambo) and perhaps above all for its bold experiment of a socialist revolution in action. Antoni Kapcia shows how the thaw in relations between Cuba and the USA now makes a fresh appraisal of the country and its modern history essential. He authoritatively explores the essenc' of the Cuban revolution, revealing it to be a maverick phenomenon tied not so much to socialism or Communism for their own sakes but instead to an idealistic vision of postcolonial nationalism. Reassessing the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the author examines the central personalities- not just the famous trio of Che Guevara, Fidel and Rúl Castro in shaping the ideas of the revolution but, still further back, the visionary ideology of José Martí. Kapcia' s book reflects on the future of the revolution as Rúl and his government begin to cede power to a new generation.

Few island nations have stirred the soul like Cuba. From Hemingway' s intoxicating Havana to Ry Coode' s Buena Vista Social Club, outsiders have persistently been fascinated by Cuba for its music (jazz to rumba), its rich literature, its art and dance (danón to mambo) and perhaps above all for its bold experiment of a socialist revolution in action. Antoni Kapcia shows how the thaw in relations between Cuba and the USA now makes a fresh appraisal of the country and its modern history essential. He authoritatively explores the essenc' of the Cuban revolution, revealing it to be a maverick phenomenon tied not so much to socialism or Communism for their own sakes but instead to an idealistic vision of postcolonial nationalism. Reassessing the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the author examines the central personalities- not just the famous trio of Che Guevara, Fidel and Rúl Castro in shaping the ideas of the revolution but, still further back, the visionary ideology of José Martí. Kapcia' s book reflects on the future of the revolution as Rúl and his government begin to cede power to a new generation.

Antoni Kapcia?is Professor of Latin American History at the University of Nottingham, UK. His is the author ?Cuban Revolution- The Unseen StoryCuba in Revolution- A History since the FiftiesHavana- The Making of Cuban CultureCuba- Island of Dreams

 
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