The Missile Crisis from a Cuban Perspective
Historical, Archaeological and Anthropological Reflections
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.
Table of Contents
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.