The History of Cuba, 2nd Edition

by Clifford L. Staten


How will Cuba change after the Castros are out of power?

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March 2015


Pages 198
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics World History/Politics and Government
  Geography and World Cultures/Countries and Regions

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
Author Info

Clifford L. Staten, PhD, is professor of political science and international studies at Indiana University Southeast. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, the Distinguished Research Award, and the Chancellor's Diversity Award from Indiana University Southeast. His published works include Greenwood's The History of Cuba and The History of Nicaragua as well as numerous scholarly articles. Staten received his doctorate from the University of North Texas.

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