1st Edition

The Missile Crisis from a Cuban Perspective Historical, Archaeological and Anthropological Reflections

By Håkan Karlsson, Tomás Diez Acosta Copyright 2019
    172 Pages
    by Routledge

    172 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Previous works on the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) have approached the topic from the point of view of the U.S. and its allies, while Cuban experiences have still not been sufficiently discussed. This book presents new aspects which have seldom – or never – been offered before, giving a detailed account of the crisis from a Cuban perspective. It also investigates the archaeological and anthropological aspects of the crisis, by exploring the tangible and intangible remains that still can be found on the former Soviet missile bases in the Cuban countryside, and through interviews which add a local, human dimension to the subject.

    Part I: The 1962 Missile Crisis: Historical Reflections  1. The Threat of a Direct U.S. Invasion of Cuba  2. Deployment of Soviet Troops in Cuba  3. The Secrecy of the Operation  4. Spy Flights and the Cuban Reply  5. Facing Foe Flights  6. Fidel Castro’s Reflections on the Missile Crisis  Part II: The 1962 Missile Crisis: Archaeological and Anthropological Reflections  7. Neglected Dimensions and Their Revealing  8. The Material Remains and Its Reuse  9. Memories and Narrations  10. The Use of the Former Missile Bases as Cultural Heritage  Part III: Conclusion.  Conclusion.  Appendix: Chronology


    Håkan Karlsson is Professor in Archaeology at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg Sweden.

    Tomás Diez Acosta is Professor and Researcher at the Instituto de Historia de Cuba.