Introduction to Latin America provides a completely new introduction to the political, social and economic forces shaping this essential region of undergraduate study today. It is the first textbook to place Latin America within a genuinely global context and introduce the debates and impact of globalization, neoliberalism, democratization, and the environment.
Chapter 8: Cuba: Uncertain Transition
Since its revolution in 1959, Cuba has taken a road to development very different from that of the rest of Latin America. With its state-controlled socialist economy and society, and its authoritarian political system, it was in many ways more similar to other socialist developing countries such as Vietnam or North Korea than to the rest of Latin America, though its socialism maintained a very distinctive Caribbean flavour. Furthermore, Washington's implacable hostility to the revolution, and its economic embargo on trade with or investment in the island's economy, served to isolate Cuba from the rest of the Americas. Finally, the collapse of the Eastern bloc and the Soviet Union in the late 1980s and early 1990s cut Cuba off virtually ...