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Cuba Since The Revolution Of 1959 By Samuel Farber

Cuba Since The Revolution Of 1959 by Samuel Farber

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One of the Cuban Revolution's most informed and insightful historians assesses -- from the left -- its impact and legacy.

Cuba Since The Revolution Of 1959 Summary

Cuba Since The Revolution Of 1959: A Critical Assessment by Samuel Farber

Uncritically lauded by the left and impulsively denounced by the right, the Cuban Revolution is almost universally viewed one-dimensionally. It is high time for a more balanced approach to the subject - a critical, left-wing approach. Having grown up in Cuba in the 1950s, Samuel Farber is one of the only left-wing historians who is not enamoured the Cuban Revolution, but sees it in all its complexity. Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959 thus takes a fresh approach to the political legacy of the Cuban Revolution, analysing both its positive and negative implications for the left.

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THE Cuban story twists and turns as we speak, so thank goodness for scholars such as Samuel Farber, an unapologetic Marxist whose knowledge of Cuban affairs is unrivalled In this excellent, necessary book, Farber takes stock of 50 years of revolutionary control by recognising achievements but lambasting authoritarianism. Latin American Review of Books For some left-socialists like Farber, no society seems to have measured up since the Paris Commune of 1871. But patient readers will be rewarded by his frequent insights, stimulating historical comparisons, and command of the data relating to Cuba's economic and social performance. Foreign Affairs Though countless analyses evaluate just how thoroughly the revolution has transformed Cuba over the past 50 years, few rival Samuel Farber's work Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959: A Critical Assessment Rebecca Whedon, Foreign Policy in Focus I believe this book is destined to become a classic. Alejandro Anreus, Z Mag A courageous and formidable balance-sheet of the Cuban Revolution, including a sobering analysis of a draconian 'reform' program that will only deepen the gulf between revolutionary slogans and the actual life of the people. Mike Davis professor, University of California, Riverside; author, Planet of Slums and In Praise of Barbarians [O]pposed as much to neoliberal thought as to the perversions of Stalinist and postmodern communist statism, Farber sets out to critically explore the course followed by the society, government, and power structures that emerged from the Cuban Revolution of 1959. . . . A necessary and suggestive reading for all of those concerned with Cuba's future and with the threat posed by the imperial power over the entire Caribbean region. Adolfo Gilly, emeritus professor of history, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) This important, very well-written, and quite interesting book, evaluates the fifty-two years of the Cuban Revolution under a classical Marxist (pre-Stalinist) viewpoint. . . . [Farber] evaluates, with surprising insights, Cuba's performance on national sovereignty, political democracy, economic growth, social welfare, race, gender, and the stand of domestic and external dissidents and critics. . . . Expect a strong reaction both from the right and the left. Don't miss it! Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh Farber's comprehensive and well-written assessment of Cuba's experience since 1959 is rooted in history, informed by the comparative sociology of communist regimes, and rich in insightful and feisty analysis. Jorge I. Dominguez, professor of Mexican and Latin American politics and economics, Harvard University While acknowledging achievements of the revolutionary process in education and health, and defending Cuban sovereignty against imperial intervention, Farber shatters many of the idyllic myths propagated by left-wing apologists for the regime's authoritarianism. . . . A revolutionary democratic alternative, Farber shows, will only be possible through socialist resistance from below. Jeffery R. Webber, author, From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle, Indigenous Liberation, and the Politics of Evo Morales Samuel Farber is an excellent teacher I found myself ending the book humbly grateful to the author for so many things, including his impeccable scholarship and his implacable commitment to the truth. Havana Times Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959: a Critical Assessment is essential reading for anyone on the left concerned with the history and future of the Cuban revolution in particular, and of socialism in general. Farber's meticulously researched and lucidly argued investigation of over half a century of Cuban socialism presents a challenge to supporters and opponents of the Cuban revolution on both the left and right, particularly for those anti-Stalinists who believe that Cuba is different from other bureaucratic societies. Charles Post, New Politics Samuel Farber's Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959: A Critical Assessment is bound to change the way we think about Latin America's most important socialist experiment [The Book] provides a devastating critique of the Castro government in an historical synthesis rich in theoretical and empirical detail. Neil A. Burron, Socialist Studies
THE Cuban story twists and turns as we speak, so thank goodness for scholars such as Samuel Farber, an unapologetic Marxist whose knowledge of Cuban affairs is unrivalled ... In this excellent, necessary book, Farber takes stock of 50 years of revolutionary control by recognising achievements but lambasting authoritarianism. -Latin American Review of Books For some left-socialists like Farber, no society seems to have measured up since the Paris Commune of 1871. But patient readers will be rewarded by his frequent insights, stimulating historical comparisons, and command of the data relating to Cuba's economic and social performance. -Foreign Affairs Though countless analyses evaluate just how thoroughly the revolution has transformed Cuba over the past 50 years, few rival Samuel Farber's work Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959: A Critical Assessment -Rebecca Whedon, Foreign Policy in Focus I believe this book is destined to become a classic. -Alejandro Anreus, Z Mag A courageous and formidable balance-sheet of the Cuban Revolution, including a sobering analysis of a draconian 'reform' program that will only deepen the gulf between revolutionary slogans and the actual life of the people. -Mike Davis professor, University of California, Riverside; author, Planet of Slums and In Praise of Barbarians [O]pposed as much to neoliberal thought as to the perversions of Stalinist and postmodern communist statism, Farber sets out to critically explore the course followed by the society, government, and power structures that emerged from the Cuban Revolution of 1959. . . . A necessary and suggestive reading for all of those concerned with Cuba's future and with the threat posed by the imperial power over the entire Caribbean region. -Adolfo Gilly, emeritus professor of history, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) This important, very well-written, and quite interesting book, evaluates the fifty-two years of the Cuban Revolution under a classical Marxist (pre-Stalinist) viewpoint. . . . [Farber] evaluates, with surprising insights, Cuba's performance on national sovereignty, political democracy, economic growth, social welfare, race, gender, and the stand of domestic and external dissidents and critics. . . . Expect a strong reaction both from the right and the left. Don't miss it! -Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh Farber's comprehensive and well-written assessment of Cuba's experience since 1959 is rooted in history, informed by the comparative sociology of communist regimes, and rich in insightful and feisty analysis. -Jorge I. Dominguez, professor of Mexican and Latin American politics and economics, Harvard University While acknowledging achievements of the revolutionary process in education and health, and defending Cuban sovereignty against imperial intervention, Farber shatters many of the idyllic myths propagated by left-wing apologists for the regime's authoritarianism. . . . A revolutionary democratic alternative, Farber shows, will only be possible through socialist resistance from below. -Jeffery R. Webber, author, From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle, Indigenous Liberation, and the Politics of Evo Morales Samuel Farber is an excellent teacher ... I found myself ending the book humbly grateful to the author for so many things, including his impeccable scholarship and his implacable commitment to the truth. -Havana Times Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959: a Critical Assessment is essential reading for anyone on the left concerned with the history and future of the Cuban revolution in particular, and of socialism in general. Farber's meticulously researched and lucidly argued investigation of over half a century of Cuban socialism presents a challenge to supporters and opponents of the Cuban revolution on both the left and right, particularly for those anti-Stalinists who believe that Cuba is different from other bureaucratic societies. -Charles Post, New Politics Samuel Farber's Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959: A Critical Assessment is bound to change the way we think about Latin America's most important socialist experiment ... [The Book] provides a devastating critique of the Castro government in an historical synthesis rich in theoretical and empirical detail. Neil A. Burron, Socialist Studies

About Samuel Farber

Samuel Farber was born and raised in Marianao, Cuba, and came to the United States in February 1958. He obtained a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 and taught at a number of colleges and universities including UCLA and, most recently, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, where he is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science. His scholarship on Cuba is extensive and includes many articles and two previous books: Revolution and Reaction in Cuba, 1933 1960 (Wesleyan University Press, 1976) and The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered (University of North Carolina Press, 2006). He is also the author of Before Stalinism. The Rise and Fall of Soviet Democracy (Polity/Verso, 1990) and Social Decay and Transformation. A View From The Left (Lexington Books, 2000). Farber was active in the Cuban high school student movement against Fulgencio Batista in the 1950s, and has been involved in socialist politics for more than fifty years.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Chronology Introduction Chapter One - Towards Monolithic Unity - Building Cuban State Power from Above. Chapter Two - Economic Development and Standard of Living Since the 1959 Revolution. Chapter Three - Cuba's Foreign Policy - Between Revolution and Reasons of State. Chapter Four - Cuban Workers After the 1959 Revolution - Ruling Class or Exploited Class? Chapter Five - Black Cubans - An Oppression that Dared Not Speak Its Name. Chapter Six - Gender Politics and the Cuban Revolution. Chapter Seven - Dissidents and Critics - From right to left. Conclusion Epilogue Selected Bibliography

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NLS9781608461394
9781608461394
1608461394
Cuba Since The Revolution Of 1959: A Critical Assessment by Samuel Farber
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Haymarket Books
20111229
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