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The History of Cuba (Palgrave Essential Histories Series) (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

“Staten has accomplished much with this book. He has successfully condensed Cuba's convoluted past and present into a concise, readable history that still retains sufficient detail to be intellectually useful. His insight into the respective motivations of both Cuban and U.S. actors is especially poignant. This book is highly recommended for anyone seeking to understand the most misunderstood country in the Americas and its love-hate relationship with the United States.” —Robert C. Harding, Lynchburg College
Product Details
ISBN: 9781403962591
ISBN-10: 1403962596
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: September 1st, 2005
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Palgrave Essential Histories Series