Cuba

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Ted A. Henken, Miriam Celaya, Dimas Castellanos
ABC-CLIO, Oct 29, 2013 - History - 596 pages
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In this era of ever-increasing globalization and communication across national borders, Cuba remains an isolated island oddly out of step with the rest of the world. And yet, Cuba is beginning to evolve via the important if still insufficient changes instituted by Raul Castro, who became president in 2008. This book supplies a uniquely independent, accurate, and critical perspective in order to evaluate these changes in the context of the island's rich and complex history and culture. Organized into seven topical chapters that address geography, history, politics and government, economics, society, culture, and contemporary issues, readers will gain a broad, insightful understanding of one of the most unusual, fascinating, and often misunderstood nations in the Western Hemisphere.

 

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Contents

1 GEOGRAPHY
1
2 HISTORY
21
3 POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
85
4 ECONOMY
135
5 SOCIETY
183
6 CULTURE
285
7 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES
411
Glossary
459
Facts and Figures
475
Major Cuban Holidays and Festivals
497
CountryRelated Organizations
499
Annotated Bibliography
531
Thematic Index
557
Index
571
About the Authors and Contributors
593
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About the author (2013)

Ted A. Henken, PhD, is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Baruch College, City University of New York. His published work includes ABC-CLIO's Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook.

Miriam Celaya is an independent journalist who regularly publishes articles in Diario de Cuba, Convivencia, and Voces magazine, and was a cofounder of the independent digital magazine Consenso (2004–2007).

Dimas C. Castellanos writes for the digital publications Diario de Cuba, Convivencia, and Voces magazine. An independent journalist, he also publishes his own blog, "El Blog de Dimas" (www.desdecuba.com/dimas) and has won numerous journalism awards for his work.

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