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- Publication date: 25 Feb 2020
- ISBN: 9780300230031
- Imprint: Yale University Press
- Dimensions: 288 pages: 235 x 156mm
The extraordinary account of the Cuban people's struggle for survival in a post-Soviet world.
In the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union, Cuba faced a crisis that decimated its economy. Helel Yaffe examines the astonishing developments that took place during and beyond this period. Drawing on archival research and interviews with Cuban leaders, thinkers and activists, this book tells for the first time the remarkable story of how Cuba survived while the rest of the Soviet bloc crumbled.
Yaffe shows how Cuba has been gradually introducing select market reforms. While the government claims that these are necessary to sustains its socialist system, many others believe thy herald a return to capitalism. Where does the truth lie? Examining key domestic initiatives including the creation of a world-leading biotech industry, the energy revolution, the shift towards sustainable development and medical internationalism alongside recent economic reforms, Yaffe shows why the revolution has continued post-Castro.
This is a fresh, compelling account of Cuba’s socialist revolution and the challenges it faces today.
Helen Yaffe is a regular contributor to Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! and is the author of Che Guevara: The Economics of Revolution (2009).
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