By Aviva Chomsky
A background of the Cuban Revolution provides a concise socio-historical account of the Cuban Revolution of 1959, an occasion that keeps to spark debate 50 years later. Balances a complete review of the political and financial occasions of the revolution with a glance on the revolution’s social impactProvides a full of life, on-the-ground examine the lives of standard peopleFeatures either U.S. and Cuban views to supply an entire and well-rounded examine the revolution and its repercussionsEncourages scholars to appreciate heritage in the course of the perspective of people dwelling itSelected as a 2011 amazing educational name by way of selection
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Or in the various revolutionary uprisings in 1844, 1868, 1895, 1912, or 1933, unfinished or aborted revolutions that failed to achieve their goals, but contributed to the island’s revolutionary identity? Colonial History Some Cuban accounts argue that the Cuban Revolution began in 1511 when the Taíno Indian Hatuey (who had fled to Cuba, pursued by the Spanish, from neighboring Hispaniola) took up arms against the Spanish colonizers. ”1 Clearly the Cuban revolutionaries, and Cuban historiography, emphasize a long tradition of anti-colonial struggle on the island leading up to 1959.
The fall of the Soviet bloc drastically undercut Cuba’s economic model, and the Special Period in Time of Peace declared in 1991 began a series of major economic reforms. Once again, it’s difficult to capture the trend since 1991 in a single generalization. Sociologist Susan Eckstein usefully characterized the post-1990 reforms as falling into three categories: socialist, capitalist, and pre-capitalist. Chapters 7 and 8 will examine the post-1990 period. The rest of this chapter will trace Cuba’s domestic political–economic development during the first 30 years of the Revolution.
In some ways, the situation in pre-revolutionary Cuba resembled that in the United States today. Racial discrimination was outlawed and officially disavowed, including at the voting polls. -owned plantations in eastern Cuba added another ingredient to the complex national and racial landscape. Despite their ostensible commitment to anti-racism, some white Cuban intellectuals argued that the influx of blacks threatened Cuba’s racial balance. They even tried to woo Afro-Cubans into a nationalist, anti-imperialist, anti-immigrant stance that was based on anti-black stereotypes and racism.
A History of the Cuban Revolution (Viewpoints Puntos de Vista) by Aviva Chomsky