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A thorough examination of the history of Cuba, focusing primarily on the period from the revolution in 1959 to the present day.
This historical overview connects significant events from Cuba's past with the country's current social and political changes. Author Clifford L. Staten reviews the changing landscape of Cuba and explores subjects such as the relationship between the domestic and international political economy of Cuba; the successes and failures of Castro's revolution; the importance of the U.S. role in Cuban politics and commerce; and the problems associated with an agricultural fiscal structure based upon sugar.
The revised edition includes additional biographies of key figures from recent history and an expanded bibliography of notable resources. Updated content features a look at censorship issues with the rise of the Internet and social media in Cuba and the transfer of power to Raul Castro in 2006. Other topics include Spanish colonialism, the struggle for independence, Castro's revolution, the Cold War, and the impact of globalization.
- Completely updates the original, top-selling volume with new information about issues, people, and events post-2003
- Analyzes the political landscape under Raul Castro's leadership
- Helps readers to better understand a nation that is off-limits to American travelers—an inconceivable notion in today's day and age
- Includes maps and personal photos to help provide visual support and bring learning to life