The Cuban Revolution succeeded in 1959 in the face of official U.S. opposition, an abortive Bay of Pigs invasion, and an economic embargo. Cuban dependence on the United States dated to the U.S. occupation of the island from 1898 to 1901 and subsequent interventions in 1906-1909, 1912, and 1917. Historically, the Cuban economy has depended on the export of sugar. Before the revolution the United States imported the largest share of Cuban sugar; after 1960 the Soviet Union assumed this role, and in exchange Cuba had to import its fuel and some of its foodstuffs, raw materials, and capital goods.
Introduction /Ronald H. Chilcote -- PART 1 -- Democracy and Socialism -- 1 Reform and the Future of Cuban Socialism /Julio Carranza Valdes -- 2 Cuba: Utopia and Reality Thirty Years Later /Juan Antonio Blanco -- 3 Political Culture and Popular Participation /Rafael Hernandez and Haroldo Dilla -- 4 Political Leadership in Cuba /Georgina Suarez Hernandez -- 5 Cuban Socialism: Prospects and Challenges /Fernando Martinez Heredia -- 6 Reflections on the Lessons of Che /Armando Hart Davalos -- PART 2 -- Economic Development -- 7 The Creativity of Che's Economic Thought /Carlos Tablada -- 8 Cuban Economic Policy in the Process of Rectification /Jose Luis Rodriguez Garcia -- 9 Structural Changes in the Cuban Economy /Miguel Alejandro Figueras -- 10 The Transformation of the Cuban Sugar Complex /Miguel Alejandro Figueras -- PART3 -- Social Questions -- 11 Youth and the Cuban Revolution /Juan Luis Martin -- 12 Social Policy and the Family in Socialist Cuba /lnes Cristina Reca -- 13 Medical Applications of High Technology in Cuba /Manuel Limonta Vidal and Guillermo Padron -- 14 Thirty Years of Cuban Revolutionary Penal Law /Raul Gomez Treto -- About the Book -- About the Contributors and Translators -- Index.