The History of Cuba

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 1, 2005 - History - 176 pages
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Cuba is much more than cigars, classic automobiles, and Castro. This remarkable nation has had a long history of relations with larger political powers that were drawn to the island because of its valuable resources and strategic location. Ties between Cuba and the United States have been strong since the mid-nineteenth century, and the theme of U.S. dominance over the island and its people is a primary historical perspective. Cuba's history is told in eight chronological chapters, from its earliest days as a Spanish colony, through its wars for independence and the U.S. occupation in the twentieth century to Batista, the Cold War, and the so-called "Special Period," when Cuba faced the crisis of the downfall of the Soviet Union. With special emphasis on the twentieth century, the Castro era, and U.S.-Cuba relations, this is the most accessible and current history of Cuba available.

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Review: The History of Cuba (Palgrave Essential Histories)

User Review  - Andie X. - Goodreads

Informative story on the history of Cuba and the involvement and influence of the United States. Written simply as stated information leaving room for the reader to form their own opinion as to the what Cuba is in the world today. Read full review

Review: The History of Cuba

User Review  - Scott - Goodreads

a good overview of the history of cuba...not real strong on pre columbian era, but good fron from cortez on. Read full review


1 Cuba and Its People
Colonialism Sugar and Nationalism Cuba to 1868
1868 to 1902
1902 to 1952
1952 to 1959
1959 to 1970
1970 to the End of the Cold War
8 PostCold War Cuba and the Future
Notable People in the History of Cuba
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About the author (2005)

Clifford L. Staten is professor of political science at Indiana University. He is a noted authority on Cuba, and has written many journal and magazine articles on Cuban history, culture, and politics as well as contributing to travel guides.

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