Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America

Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America : An Oral History

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The Cuban revolution served as a rallying cry to people across Latin America and the Caribbean. The revolutionary regime has provided vital support to the rest of the region, offering everything from medical and development assistance to training and advice on guerrilla warfare. Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America is the first oral history of Cuba's liberation struggle. Drawing on a vast array of original testimonies, Dirk Kruijt looks at the role of both veterans and the post-Revolution fidelista generation in shaping Cuba and the Americas. Featuring the testimonies of over sixty Cuban officials and former combatants, Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America offers unique insight into a nation which, in spite of its small size and notional pariah status, remains one of the most influential countries in the more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 25.4mm | 385.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Index
  • 1783608021
  • 9781783608027
  • 1,109,078

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'Kruijt is clearly a marvellous interviewer ... [and] has provided us here with a valuable source of material to supplement the available texts and, more importantly, to get some idea of the motivations of the participants.'E-International Relations`A riveting account of the guerrilla years in Latin America from the vantage point of the senior Cuban officers involved. Their evidence contributes to an unrivalled and original story that all those who have followed the Cuban Revolution over the years will appreciate.' Richard Gott, author of Guerrilla Movements in Latin America and Cuba: A New History `An extraordinary book: deep, erudite and appealing. This is the Cuban Revolution as analyzed through the voices of its key actors.' Francisco Rojas Aravena, rector of the University for Peace `Dirk Kruijt has crafted the finest book I have ever read about the Cuban Revolution and the lives of its revolutionaries, with rich narratives rooted in meticulous research. This book is a rare gift to any student of Cuba.' Timothy Wickham-Crowley, Georgetown University `This book is a gem. Kruijt's unique talent for getting into radicals' minds and motivations gives us a wonderfully honest and eloquent testimony to Cuba's historic relationship with the Latin American left, past and present.' Antoni Kapcia, author of Leadership in the Cuban Revolution'Third level students and teachers of Latin American politics, development studies and related disciplines will find this book a very welcome aid.'Policy and Practiceshow more

About Dirk Kruijt

Dirk Kruijt is professor emeritus of development studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Utrecht University. A sociologist turned anthropologist, he has undertaken research on entrepreneurs and the labour class, ethnicity and exclusion, and military dictatorship and guerrilla movements, and has conducted fieldwork in many Latin American and Caribbean countries. His previous oral history books are about the Revolutionary Government of the Armed Forces of Velasco Alvarado in Peru and the guerrilla movements in Central more

Table of contents

1. Revolutionaries2. Historical Context3. From Insurgents to Socialists4. Revolutionary Fervour (the 1960s)5. The Mature Years (early 1970s-late 1980s)6. The Years of Soft Power (1990s-present)7. The LegacyAppendix: Biographical Data of Interviewed Personsshow more

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