A Global Studies Handbook
Despite its small size, Cuba has often had a large presence on the global stage. Its far-from-homogenous society, sophisticated music and culture, and volatile relations with the United States—as well as the uncertainty surrounding the inevitable post-Castro era—make it the focal point for the world's attention and a source of fascination for all kinds of readers.
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This fascinating work provides an enlightening guided tour of the island of Cuba's historical, political, economic, and sociocultural development from the pre-Columbian period to the present.
Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook offers a revealing look at a nation that, in its ongoing pursuit of freedom, has been a colonial pawn, a neocolonial paradise for corrupt politicians and dictators, an alluring vacation destination, a defiant Communist holdout and embarrassing thorn in the side of the powerful United States.
Drawing heavily on his own research and experiences on the island, the author follows Cuba's political, economic, and sociocultural development from the pre-Columbian period to the present—with an emphasis on the revolutionary period. The book's reference section includes alphabetically organized entries on important people, places, and historical events, as well as shorter sections on Cuban Spanish, national traditions and holidays, cuisines, and important organizations. Also featured is a chart tracing the development of Cuban popular music and a listener's guide to some of the best available recordings.
- A useful reference section provides a descriptive alphabetical listing of specific information on important people, places, and historical events, as well as sections on Cuban Spanish, etiquette, national habits and traditions, cuisine, holidays, and important organizations
- Includes a detailed chronology of Cuban history from pre-Columbian times to the present, with emphasis on the revolutionary triumph of the late 1950s and early 1960s, Castro's enduring Communist regime, and the economic crisis of the "special period" that began in Cuba in 1990
- Reflects the expertise of an author who is both well-versed in the realities of contemporary Cuba and well-experienced as an educator and writer
- Presents the many diverse characteristics of Cuba as a complex but integrated whole
- Offers sympathetic but critical-minded portrayals of committed revolutionaries and ardent counterrevolutionaries, without choosing sides between those who left Cuba and those who remained
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"Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook is an especially appropriate addition to academic and community library International Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists."
"Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook is recommended for large public and all academic libraries."
"This handbook on Cuba is recommended for geography and business collections in public and academic libraries."
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