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Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook (Global Studies: Latin America & the Caribbean)

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Part of the new Global Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean series, this is an excellent basic reference source for information on Cuba. Volumes on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico are being published concurrently. Narratives on history, economics, culture, and institutions give a good grounding. A reference section covers key events; significant people; and language, food, etiquette, and holidays. A good bibliography and a directory of Web sites and organizations add further value. --Steve Stratton

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• Reflects the expertise of an author who is both well-versed in the realities of contemporary Cuba and well-experienced as an educator and writer

• Presents the many diverse characteristics of Cuba as a complex but integrated whole

• Offers sympathetic but critical-minded portrayals of committed revolutionaries and ardent counterrevolutionaries, without choosing sides between those who left Cuba and those who remained



• A useful reference section provides a descriptive alphabetical listing of specific information on important people, places, and historical events, as well as sections on Cuban Spanish, etiquette, national habits and traditions, cuisine, holidays, and important organizations

• Includes a detailed chronology of Cuban history from pre-Columbian times to the present, with emphasis on the revolutionary triumph of the late 1950s and early 1960s, Castro's enduring Communist regime, and the economic crisis of the "special period" that began in Cuba in 1990



"Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook is an especially appropriate addition to academic and community library International Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists."

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"Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook is recommended for large public and all academic libraries."

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"This handbook on Cuba is recommended for geography and business collections in public and academic libraries."

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Product Details

  • Series: Global Studies: Latin America & the Caribbean
  • Hardcover: 578 pages
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO (October 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851099840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851099849
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,379,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ted Henken on October 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook provides a clear, provocative, and up-to-date overview of Cuban historical, political, economic, and sociocultural development from the pre-Columbian period to the present day with an emphasis on the Cuban Revolution, U.S.-Cuban relations, and Cuba's current socio-economic reality.

This comprehensive reference/text book of almost 600 pages seeks to present the many diverse characteristics of Cuba (music and dance, literature, cinema, revolutionary politics, Cuban exile politics, sugar/tobacco/rum, U.S. policy, history of the Spanish conquest and African slavery, and state socialist economics), as a complex but integrated whole - without trying to over-simplify or trivialize any of these characteristics.

Moreover, this ambitious work is written by an author who has a broad expertise in a wide array of contemporary Cuban reality having traveled to the island more than a dozen times since 1997. As such, the book benefits from direct, first-hand knowledge of the everyday struggles and engaging, endearing characteristics of the Cuban people (both on the island and in exile).

This exposure and sensitivity allows the author to provide the reader with sympathetic, dignified, but critical-minded portrayals of both committed revolutionaries and ardent counter-revolutionaries, refusing to choose sides between those Cubans who left and those who have remained in their homeland.

The book also includes a critical assessment of U.S. policy toward Cuba since the beginnings of the 19th century with John Quincy Adams' "ripe fruit" policy, up to the imposition of the Platt Amendment on the newly independent Cuban nation in 1902, culminating with the U.S.
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Format: Hardcover
The newest addition to the ABC-CLIO 'Global Studies: Latin America & The Caribbean' series, "Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook", compiled and written by Ted Henken (a Fellow at the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, new York) and an academic specialist in Cuban Economics) provides a detailed overview of Cuba's geography and history, its economics and development, as well as its institutions, culture and society. Of special note is the Reference Section highlighting key events in Cuban history; significant people, places, and events; Cuban language, food, etiquette, and holidays; Cuba-related organizations, on-line publications, and websites. Enhanced with the inclusion of an extensive bibliography and a detailed index, "Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook" is an especially appropriate addition to academic and community library International Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.
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