The Cuban Revolution succeeded in 1959 in the face of official U.S. opposition, an abortive Bay of Pigs invasion, and an economic embargo. Cuban dependence on the United States dated to the U.S. occupation of the island from 1898 to 1901 and subsequent interventions in 1906-1909, 1912, and 1917. Historically, the Cuban economy has depended on the export of sugar. Before the revolution the United States imported the largest share of Cuban sugar; after 1960 the Soviet Union assumed this role, and in exchange Cuba had to import its fuel and some of its foodstuffs, raw materials, and capital goods.

chapter |7 pages


ByRonald H. Chilcote

part 1|76 pages

Democracy and Socialism

chapter 1|5 pages

Reform and the Future of Cuban Socialism

ByJulio Carranza Valdés, Clare Weber

chapter 2|14 pages

Cuba: Utopia and Reality Thirty Years Later

ByJuan Antonio Blanco, James Bloyd

chapter 3|16 pages

Political Culture and Popular Participation

ByRafael Hernández, Dilla Haroldo, Jennifer Dugan Abbassi, Jean Díaz

chapter 4|14 pages

Political Leadership in Cuba

ByGeorgina Suárez Hernández, Aníbal Yáñez

chapter 5|18 pages

Cuban Socialism: Prospects and Challenges

ByFernando Martínez Heredia, Janell Pierce

chapter 6|6 pages

Reflections on the Lessons of Che

ByArmando Hart Dávalos, Aníbal Yáñez

part 2|53 pages

Economic Development

chapter 7|16 pages

The Creativity of Che’s Economic Thought

ByCarlos Tablada, Michael Baumann

chapter 8|15 pages

Cuban Economic Policy in the Process of Rectification

ByJosé Luis Rodríguez García, Philip R. Martínez

chapter 9|12 pages

Structural Changes in the Cuban Economy

ByMiguel Alejandro Figueras, Diana Alarcón, Terry McKinley

chapter 10|7 pages

The Transformation of the Cuban Sugar Complex

ByMiguel Alejandro Figueras, Jennifer Dugan Abbassi

part 3|46 pages

Social Questions

chapter 11|6 pages

Youth and the Cuban Revolution

ByJuan Luis Martín, Aníbal Yáñez

chapter 12|15 pages

Social Policy and the Family in Socialist Cuba

ByInés Cristina Reca, Sarah Stookey

chapter 13|11 pages

Medical Applications of High Technology in Cuba

ByManuel Limonta Vidal, Guillermo Padrón, Margaret Gilpin

chapter 14|10 pages

Thirty Years of Cuban Revolutionary Penal Law

ByRaúl Gómez Treto