The United States And The Origins Of The Cuban Revolution: An Empire Of Liberty In An Age Of National Liberation

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The United States And The Origins Of The Cuban Revolution: An Empire Of Liberty In An Age Of National Liberation

By Jules R. Benjamin
Princeton University Press, 1990
235 pp. $29.95
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An original and incisive study on the nature of hegemony, this book traces the history of relations between the United States and Cuba from 1898 to 1961, emphasizing the tension between U.S. efforts to "Americanize" and modernize the island and Cuban resentment of U.S. influence and interference. The overwhelming power of the United States in Cuba produced challenges to its own influence at the same time that the U.S. worldview obscured the origins and nature of these challenges. From the perspective of this book, "the Cuban revolution was not a betrayal nor deliverance, nor was it a U.S. policy failure in the ordinary sense of the term; it was rather a natural result of the flawed relationship between two states." A worthwhile contribution.

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