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Cuba : what everyone needs to know

Author: Julia E Sweig
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, 2013. ©2012
Series: What everyone needs to know.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Ever since Fidel Castro assumed power in Cuba in 1959, Americans have obsessed about the nation ninety miles south of the Florida Keys. America's fixation on the tropical socialist republic has only grown over the years, fueled in part by successive waves of Cuban immigration and Castro's larger-than-life persona. Cubans are now a major ethnic group in Florida, and the exile community is so powerful that every  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Sweig, Julia E.
Cuba : What Everyone Needs to Know.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Julia E Sweig
ISBN: 9780199942862 0199942862
OCLC Number: 869096201
Notes: Why did the Bay of Pigs invasion fail?
Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 305 pages).
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Cuba Before 1959; What were the main features of Cuban life during Spanish colonial rule?; How did Cuba's independence movement gain momentum, and what was its relationship to abolition?; Who was José Martí?; How did Cuba's final war for independence begin?; Why did the United States intervene and how did the Cuban War of Independence come to be known as the Spanish-American War?; What kind of independence did Cuba gain and what was the Platt Amendment? What were the early years of Cuban independence like and how did the Platt Amendment impact Cuba's political culture?Why does the United States have a naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba?; What was the political climate out of which Fulgencio Batista first emerged?; How did Cuban politics and U.S.-Cuban relations evolve between 1934 and 1952?; What were the origins of the Cuban Revolution? How did it succeed?; What role did women play in the Cuban insurrection?; How did race relations figure into Cuba's political development during the prerevolutionary period? Beyond the realms of politics and economics, how closely intertwined had Cuban and American culture become by the 1950s?DOMESTIC; Why did the Batista regime collapse?; What was so special about Fidel Castro?; What did the Communist Party have to do with it all and were the Soviets involved?; After Fidel took power, what happened to the other revolutionary groups?; What did Che Guevara do after 1959?; What did the first revolutionary cabinet look like?; Was Castro really a Communist?; So, did communism mean no democracy?; How did the revolution organize Cuban society? Why did Cubans start leaving for exile?What kind of backlash was there to the revolution's radicalization?; What kind of benefits did the revolution deliver and to whom?; How did race factor into the equation?; In a notoriously patriarchal society, how did women fare under the revolution?; What kind of space did the regime allow for intellectuals and artists?; How did the regime deal with its adversaries in the exile community?; How did the revolution handle religion?; Why did the revolution make such a big deal out of sports?; What about Cuba's human rights record during this period? Why did King Sugar continue to dominate Cuba's economy after the revolution?What were the main economic features of Cuba's integration with the Soviet bloc?; What was "rectification"? How did Fidel and Raul Castro view the prospect of market reforms in the 1980s?; Who was General Arnaldo Ochoa and why was he executed?; U.S.-CUBA; Was there ever a chance that the United States would react well to the Cuban revolutionaries?; How much weight did U.S. economic interests have in driving the two countries apart?; What really happened when Castro visited Washington in 1959?
Series Title: What everyone needs to know.
Responsibility: Julia Sweig.

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Ever since Fidel Castro assumed power in Cuba in 1959, Americans have obsessed about the nation ninety miles south of the Florida Keys. America's fixation on the tropical socialist republic has only grown over the years, fueled in part by successive waves of Cuban immigration and Castro's larger-than-life persona. Cubans are now a major ethnic group in Florida, and the exile community is so powerful that every American president has curried favor with it. But what do most Americans really know about Cuba itself? In this second edition of the widely hailed Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know, Jul.

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