Cuba Libre: A 500-Year Quest for Independence

Cuba Libre: A 500-Year Quest for Independence

By: Philip Brenner (author), Peter Eisner (author)Hardback

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This timely book provides a balanced and deeply knowledgeable introduction to Cuba since Christopher Columbus's first arrival in 1492. With decades of experience studying and reporting on the island, Philip Brenner and Peter Eisner provide an incisive overview for all readers seeking to go beyond stereotypes in their exploration of Cuba's politics, economy, and culture. As Cuba and the United States open their doors to each other, Cuba Libre gives travelers, policy makers, businesspeople, students, and those with an interest in world affairs an opportunity to understand Cuba from a Cuban perspective; to appreciate how Cubans' quest for independence and sovereignty animates their spirit and shapes their worldview and even their identity. In a world ever more closely linked, Cuba Libre provides a compelling model for US citizens and policy makers to empathize with viewpoints far from their own experiences.

About Author

Philip Brenner is professor of international relations and affiliate professor of history at American University. He is a co-editor of A Contemporary Cuba Reader and co-author of Sad and Luminous Days: Cuba's Struggle with the Superpowers after the Missile Crisis. Peter Eisner is an award-winning foreign correspondent who covered Latin America for many years as an editor and reporter at the Washington Post, Newsday, and the Associated Press. He currently teaches at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. His most recent book is MacArthur's Spies.


Preface Part I: 1492-1598 Chapter 1: Columbus Arrives and Spain Colonizes Cuba, 1492-1550 Chapter 2: Sugar and Slavery Chapter 3: Struggle for Independence, 1868-1898 Chapter 4: Cuban Independence War and US Occupation Chapter 5: From Occupation to "Good Neighbor" Chapter 6: Playground of the Western World and the Rise of Batista, 1934-1958 Chapter 7: The Revolutionary Struggle, 1953-1958 Part II: 1959-1989 Chapter 8: The Quest for Sovereignty Chapter 9: Consolidating the Revolution: Culture and Politics Chapter 10: Consolidating the Revolution: Economic Reforms, New Institutions, and Basic Needs Chapter 11: Bay of Pigs/Playa Giron Chapter 12: The Missile Crisis Chapter 13: Foreign Policy in the 1960s: Exporting Revolution, Chinese Flirtations, and Soviet Tensions Chapter 14: Internal Adjustments and Advancing Equality, 1963-1975 Chapter 15: Becoming a Third World Leader, 1970s Chapter 16: Mariel Exodus-A Warning Signal, 1980 Chapter 17: Change and Rectification at Home and Abroad, 1980s Part III: 1990-2016 Chapter 18: The "Special Period" in a Time of Peace, 1990-2000 Chapter 19: The Cuban Diaspora and Racial Inequality Chapter 20: Helms-Burton, US-Cuban Relations, and Terrorism, 1995-1998 Chapter 21: The Pope Goes to Cuba; Elian Goes to Miami, 1998-2000 Chapter 22: The Search for a Viable Strategy, 2001-2006 Chapter 23: The Transition from Fidel to Raul Castro, 2006-2009 Chapter 24: Securing Cuba's Independence through Economic Change, 2010-2016 Chapter 25: Securing Cuba's Independence through Foreign Policy, 2010-2016 Chapter 26: Change, Continuity, and the Future Appendix: Chronology of Key Events Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780742566699
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 438
  • ID: 9780742566699
  • weight: 726
  • ISBN10: 0742566692

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