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Castro /
Sebastian Balfour.
edition
3rd ed.
imprint
Harlow, England ; New York : Pearson Longman, 2009.
description
211 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1405873183, 9781405873185
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Book
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series title
imprint
Harlow, England ; New York : Pearson Longman, 2009.
isbn
1405873183
9781405873185
contents note
Pictures of the past, visions of the future -- The rebel -- Rise to power -- Defying the colossus -- The grand illusion -- The revolutionary godfather --The world statesman -- Straightening the rudder -- A special period -- Autumn of the revolutionary patriarch.
catalogue key
6753700
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [197]-203) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Sebastian Balfour is Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has published widely on twentieth-century Spanish history and on the links between Spain and Cuba.
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'This is not just another book on Cuba or Fidel Castro. Balfour displays both passion and critical acumen as he delves into the mind and actions of the man under whose leadership the people of Cuba have inscribed pages of human solidarity over one of the most convulsed periods of contemporary history.' Pedro Perez Sarduy, author of Las Criadas de La Habana (The Maids of Havana) and Associate Fellow, Caribbean Studies Centre, London Metropolitan University. 'Fidel Castro may have formally relinquished office but he still casts a long shadow over the Cuban revolution, and Sebastian Balfour succeeds in analysing both the man and his legacy with admirable judiciousness. A timely and highly knowledgeable update of a classic work on one of the most fascinating leaders of our time.' Francisco Panizza, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Politics, The London School of Economics and Political Science. The story of Fidel Castro has few parallels in contemporary history. None of the important Third World leaders of the twentieth-century played such a prominent and restless part on the international stage and none survived as head of state for as long. Over almost 50 years, he was one of the most controversial political figures in the world, and his legacy has yet to be fully evaluated. Some of his most cherished plans were realized and are a model for many Third World countries. Yet despite enormous sacrifices by Cubans, his grand vision remains unfulfilled and its continued pursuit is full of risks. The completely revised third edition of this lively and much acclaimed political biography provides the first full retrospect of Castro's remarkable career right up to his illness and withdrawal from power in February 2008, incorporating analysis of: the renewed crackdown on dissidents in Cuba from the mid-1990s onwards the major geopolitical reconfiguration of Latin America in the late 1990s, and the new Cuban-Venezuelan relationship under Hugo Chavez the Helms Burton Act and the continuing US embargo t he Cuban economy in the first decade of the new millennium It also revisits earlier events in Castro's career, for instance the various assassination plots against him, the Cuban missile crisis and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in the light of documents released by Cuba and the US over the past decade and a half. Sebastian Balfour is Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has published widely on twentieth-century Spanish history and on the links between Spain and Cuba.
Back Cover Copy
'This is not just another book on Cuba or Fidel Castro. Balfour displays both passion and critical acumen as he delves into the mind and actions of the man under whose leadership the people of Cuba have inscribed pages of human solidarity over one of the most convulsed periods of contemporary history.' Pedro Perez Sarduy, author ofLas Criadas de La Habana (The Maids of Havana)and Associate Fellow, Caribbean Studies Centre, London Metropolitan University.'Fidel Castro may have formally relinquished office but he still casts a long shadow over the Cuban revolution, and Sebastian Balfour succeeds in analysing both the man and his legacy with admirable judiciousness. A timely and highly knowledgeable update of a classic work on one of the most fascinating leaders of our time.' Francisco Panizza, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Politics, The London School of Economics and Political Science.The story of Fidel Castro has few parallels in contemporary history. None of the important Third World leaders of the twentieth-century played such a prominent and restless part on the international stage and none survived as head of state for as long. Over almost 50 years, he was one of the most controversial political figures in the world, and his legacy has yet to be fully evaluated. Some of his most cherished plans were realized and are a model for many Third World countries. Yet despite enormous sacrifices by Cubans, his grand vision remains unfulfilled and its continued pursuit is full of risks. The completely revised third edition of this lively and much acclaimed political biography provides the first full retrospect of Castro's remarkable career right up to his illness and withdrawal from power in February 2008, incorporating analysis of: the renewed crackdown on dissidents in Cuba from the mid-1990s onwards the major geopolitical reconfiguration of Latin America in the late 1990s, and the new Cuban-Venezuelan relationship under Hugo Chavez the Helms Burton Act and the continuing US embargo the Cuban economy in the first decade of the new millennium It also revisits earlier events in Castro's career, for instance the various assassination plots against him, the Cuban missile crisis and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in the light of documents released by Cuba and the US over the past decade and a half. Sebastian Balfour is Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has published widely on twentieth-century Spanish history and on the links between Spain and Cuba.
Back Cover Copy
'This is not just another book on Cuba or Fidel Castro. Balfour displays both passion and critical acumen as he delves into the mind and actions of the man under whose leadership the people of Cuba have inscribed pages of human solidarity over one of the most convulsed periods of contemporary history.' Pedro Pérez Sarduy, author of Las Criadas de La Habana (The Maids of Havana) and Associate Fellow, Caribbean Studies Centre, London Metropolitan University. 'Fidel Castro may have formally relinquished office but he still casts a long shadow over the Cuban revolution, and Sebastian Balfour succeeds in analysing both the man and his legacy with admirable judiciousness. A timely and highly knowledgeable update of a classic work on one of the most fascinating leaders of our time.' Francisco Panizza, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Politics, The London School of Economics and Political Science. The story of Fidel Castro has few parallels in contemporary history. None of the important Third World leaders of the twentieth-century played such a prominent and restless part on the international stage and none survived as head of state for as long. Over almost 50 years, he was one of the most controversial political figures in the world, and his legacy has yet to be fully evaluated. Some of his most cherished plans were realized and are a model for many Third World countries. Yet despite enormous sacrifices by Cubans, his grand vision remains unfulfilled and its continued pursuit is full of risks. The completely revised third edition of this lively and much acclaimed political biography provides the first full retrospect of Castro#146;s remarkable career right up to his illness and withdrawal from power in February 2008, incorporating analysis of: · the renewed crackdown on dissidents in Cuba from the mid-1990s onwards · the major geopolitical reconfiguration of Latin America in the late 1990s, and the new Cuban-Venezuelan relationship under Hugo Chavez · the Helms Burton Act and the continuing US embargo · t he Cuban economy in the first decade of the new millennium It also revisits earlier events in Castro#146;s career, for instance the various assassination plots against him, the Cuban missile crisis and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in the light of documents released by Cuba and the US over the past decade and a half. Sebastian Balfour is Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has published widely on twentieth-century Spanish history and on the links between Spain and Cuba.
Back Cover Copy
'This is not just another book on Cuba or Fidel Castro. Balfour displays both passion and critical acumen as he delves into the mind and actions of the man under whose leadership the people of Cuba have inscribed pages of human solidarity over one of the most convulsed periods of contemporary history.' Pedro P_rez Sarduy, author of Las Criadas de La Habana (The Maids of Havana) and Associate Fellow, Caribbean Studies Centre, London Metropolitan University.'Fidel Castro may have formally relinquished office but he still casts a long shadow over the Cuban revolution, and Sebastian Balfour succeeds in analysing both the man and his legacy with admirable judiciousness. A timely and highly knowledgeable update of a classic work on one of the most fascinating leaders of our time.' Francisco Panizza, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Politics, The London School of Economics and Political Science.The story of Fidel Castro has few parallels in contemporary history. None of the important Third World leaders of the twentieth-century played such a prominent and restless part on the international stage and none survived as head of state for as long. Over almost 50 years, he was one of the most controversial political figures in the world, and his legacy has yet to be fully evaluated. Some of his most cherished plans were realized and are a model for many Third World countries. Yet despite enormous sacrifices by Cubans, his grand vision remains unfulfilled and its continued pursuit is full of risks.The completely revised third edition of this lively and much acclaimed political biography provides the first full retrospect of Castro's remarkable career right up to his illness and withdrawal from power in February 2008, incorporating analysis of:+ the renewed crackdown on dissidents in Cuba from the mid-1990s onwards+ the major geopolitical reconfiguration of Latin America in the late 1990s, and the new Cuban-Venezuelan relationship under Hugo Chavez+ the Helms Burton Act and the continuing US embargo+ the Cuban economy in the first decade of the new millenniumIt also revisits earlier events in Castro's career, for instance the various assassination plots against him, the Cuban missile crisis and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in the light of documents released by Cuba and the US over the past decade and a half.Sebastian Balfour is Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has published widely on twentieth-century Spanish history and on the links between Spain and Cuba.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This fully revised third edition provides the first full retrospect of Fidel Castro's remarkable career right up to his illness and withdrawal from power in February 2008.
Long Description
The story of Fidel Castro has few parallels in contemporary history. None of the outstanding Third World leaders of the twentieth-century played such a prominent and restless part on the international stage and none survived as head of state for as long. Over almost 50 years, he was one of the most controversial political figures in the world, and his legacy has yet to be fully evaluated. Some of his most cherished plans were realized and are a model for many Third World countries. Yet despite enormous sacrifices by Cubans, his grand vision remains unfulfilled and its continued pursuit is full of risks.The fully revised third edition of this respected political biography provides the first full retrospect of Castro's remarkable career right up to his illness and withdrawal from power in February 2008, incorporating analysis of:+ the renewed crackdown on dissidents in Cuba from the mid 1990s on+ the major geopolitical reconfiguration of Latin America in the late 1990s, and the new Cuban-Venezuelan relationship under Hugo Chavez+ the Helms Burton Act and the continuing US embargo+ The Cuban economy in the first decade of the new millenniumIt also revisits earlier events in Castro's career, for instance the various assassination plots against him, the Cuban missile crisis and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in the light of documents released by Cuba and the US over the past decade and a half.
Main Description
A study in how Castro gained and held power for over 50 years. Completely revised and updated to take into account events of recent years Looks at the renewed crackdown on dissidents in Cuba from the mid-1990s onwards Examines the major geopolitical reconfiguration of Latin America in the late 1990s, and the new Cuban-Venezuelan relationship under Hugo Chavez Takes into account the effects of the Helms Burton Act and the continuing US embargo Succinctly analysises t he Cuban economy in the first decade of the new millennium
Main Description
A study in how Castro gained and held power for over 50 years. Completely revised and updated to take into account events of recent years Looks at the renewed crackdown on dissidents in Cuba from the mid-1990s onwards Examines the major geopolitical reconfiguration of Latin America in the late 1990s, and the new Cuban-Venezuelan relationship under Hugo Chavez Takes into account the effects of the Helms Burton Act and the continuing US embargo Succinctly analysisesthe Cuban economy in the first decade of the new millennium
Main Description
The story of Fidel Castro has few parallels in contemporary history. None of the outstanding Third World leaders of the twentieth-century played such a prominent and restless part on the international stage and none survived as head of state for as long. Over almost 50 years, he was one of the most controversial political figures in the world, and his legacy has yet to be fully evaluated. Some of his most cherished plans were realized and are a model for many Third World countries. Yet despite enormous sacrifices by Cubans, his grand vision remains unfulfilled and its continued pursuit is full of risks. The fully revised third edition of this respected political biography provides the first full retrospect of Castro#146;s remarkable career right up to his illness and withdrawal from power in February 2008, incorporating analysis of: · the renewed crackdown on dissidents in Cuba from the mid 1990s on · the major geopolitical reconfiguration of Latin America in the late 1990s, and the new Cuban-Venezuelan relationship under Hugo Chavez · the Helms Burton Act and the continuing US embargo · The Cuban economy in the first decade of the new millennium It also revisits earlier events in Castro#146;s career, for instance the various assassination plots against him , the Cuban missile crisis and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in the light of documents released by Cuba and the US over the past decade and a half.
Table of Contents
List of Platesp. vi
Preface to the Third Editionp. vii
Prologuep. 1
Pictures of the Past, Visions of the Futurep. 5
The Rebelp. 19
Rise to Powerp. 33
Defying the Colossusp. 58
The Grand Illusionp. 74
The Revolutionary Godfatherp. 98
The World Statesmanp. 112
Straightening the Rudderp. 135
A Special Periodp. 150
Autumn of the Revolutionary Patriarchp. 168
Epilogue: Castro's Legacyp. 183
Bibliographical Essayp. 197
Mapsp. 204
Indexp. 207
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