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By Aviva Chomsky

A historical past of the Cuban Revolution provides a concise socio-historical account of the Cuban Revolution of 1959, an occasion that keeps to spark debate 50 years later.  Balances a accomplished review of the political and fiscal occasions of the revolution with a glance on the revolution’s social impactProvides a full of life, on-the-ground examine the lives of normal peopleFeatures either U.S. and Cuban views to supply an entire and well-rounded examine the revolution and its repercussionsEncourages scholars to appreciate historical past throughout the standpoint of people residing itSelected as a 2011 striking educational identify by way of selection

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While Batista succeeded in crushing the armed opposition to his takeover, he eventually made peace with Cuba’s Communist Party. In a 1935 about-face, the Comintern abandoned the Third Period for the idea of the Popular Front, in which the parties were urged to participate in elections and ally with what they termed bourgeois political parties and organizations to form a Popular Front against the threat of fascism. The Cuban Communist Party interpreted this dictum as a mandate to work with the Batista government.

The corrupt government of Gerardo Machado, who had stretched his term in office first by pressing Congress to extend it, and then by running unopposed for a second term, increasingly resorted to violent repression of peaceful protests. By the early 1930s, Cubans ranging from sugar workers to urban workers to students and intellectuals were moving to direct action and armed rebellion. The PCC and the labor movement affiliated with it played a major role in a series of political upheavals in 1933.

Even the bullet-holes in the building have been recreated and maintained as a tourist attraction. In a further symbolic gesture, the barracks were converted, after the revolutionary victory, into an educational complex. From prison, Fidel penned his own defense. He freely admitted his participation in the attack, but turned the speech into a wideranging denunciation of the Batista regime and defense of the right to resist illegitimate authority, citing everything from Cuba’s 1940 Constitution to Montesquieu to St.

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