The Cuban Revolution in the 21st Century

The Cuban Revolution in the 21st Century

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While most books and articles on Cuba seek to analyse the island's socialist experiment from the perspective of internal dynamics or international relations, this book attempts to understand the revolutionary process as part of a counter-current against neoliberal globalisation. Rather than presenting Cuba as a socialist survivor, whose performance must be measured against the standards set by the 'international community', George Lambie judges Cuban socialism on the goals which the revolution sets for itself. He shows that despite Cuba's isolation in the 'New World Order', and the enormous pressures it has faced to 'conform', its faith in an alternative socialist project has continued and grown. Now that neoliberalism is in crisis, Cuba's promotion of socialist values is finding a renewed relevance. In this fascinating study Lambie argues that Cuba is again becoming a symbol, and practical example, of socialism in action. This book is essential reading for students of politics and Latin American studies.show more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745330118
  • 9780745330112

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Lambie's insightful analysis of the myriad ways that Cuban leadership and important sectors of the population responded and adapted to the economic crisis after the collapse of the Soviet Union while preserving the achievements of the revolution is a significant contribution to debates over the future of Cuban socialism. Highly Recommended. -- CHOICE A refreshing study on one of the most significant attempts of our age to chart an alternative course of development. Lambie moves us beyond platitudes to show how the Cuban revolution, now entering its sixth decade, has great relevance for contemporary struggles against neo-liberal globalization. Vital for scholars of Cuba, Latin America and international relations. -- Professor William I. Robinson, University of California, author of Latin America and Global Capitalism (2008) The Cuban revolution continues to divide and confuse in Latin America as elsewhere, not least because it is set against absolute measures of what a 'true' socialist country should look like. George Lambie instead assesses Cuba at a key point in its history from the point of view of its own standards and objectives. A must read! -- Professor Ronaldo Munck, City University of Dublin and author of Contemporary Latin America (2008) How the Cuban revolution survived the fall of Communism is a question that continues to challenge social scientists across the globe. Lambie goes beyond the specifics of the island and its internal situation, and posits the question in the context of the wider world. His analysis is unique and essential not just for students of Cuba, but anyone wishing to understand the global order and the roots of the current crisis. -- Dr Stephen Wilkinson, Director Centre for Caribbean and Latin American Research and Consultancy, London Metropolitan Universityshow more

About George Lambie

George Lambie is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Public Policy at De Montfort University in Leicester. He is also a Visiting Professor of the University of Havana and joint-Editor of the International Journal of Cuban Studies. His writings on Cuba have won academic awards.show more

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Globalisation: Understanding the Rationale for an Alternative 2 Western Liberal Democracy: Definitions, Ideology and Alternatives 3 The Cuban Revolution: Building a Participatory Democratic Process 4 The Revolution in Crisis 5 Defending Socialism against Global Capitalism. Internal Dynamics and External Opportunities Conclusion Bibliography Indexshow more

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