- Series: Envisioning Cuba
- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; New edition edition (February 24, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807854646
- ISBN-13: 978-0807854648
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976 New edition Edition
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Gleijeses (Sch. of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins Univ.; Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution and the United States, 1944-1954) offers a Cold War study not of two superpowers but of Third World policy in Third World countries. This book looks at U.S. and Cuban foreign policies in Africa, a continent generally ignored by American foreign policymakers but highly important to Castro's Cuba. In examining small engagements in Algeria and Guinea-Bissau, as well as larger engagements in Zaire and Angola, Gleijeses argues that, contrary to American belief, Cuba did not merely act as a Soviet pawn in Africa but pursued its own interests. Castro viewed Africa as an important battleground to combat "capitalist imperialism," usually contrary to Soviet policies. Gleijeses conducted extensive research in writing this book, including gaining unprecedented access to Cuban archival material and oral histories. There is little material available on Cuban-African relations, and nothing this comprehensive. Recommended for academic libraries. Mike Miller, Dallas P.L.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Probably the most comprehensive, well researched work on the role of Cubans in the liberation wars in South Africa.--Dissident Voice
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I have recommended it to friends and I used it in one of my classes
The major feature of this books is Gleijeses' unprecedented access to Cuban archival records, allowing him to present the internal workings of the Castro administration and the general Cuban view of world events with regards to Africa in the period 1959-1976.
Like a true scholar, Gleijeses respectfully and carefully presents the arguments of other authors, historians, journalists, and government officials in an unbiased way; lays out the evidence offered in support of their arguments; lays out the new evidence; and draws a conclusion. Sometimes new research decisively concludes the debate, other times there are still areas of uncertainty and Gleijeses clearly states this, and still other times he refrains from drawing a conclusion (for too little evidence or too much uncertainty), even explicitly stating "I cannot solve the puzzle" (p. 271).
Often, an author of a work on Castro's Cuba is branded as biased because a reader, whether pro- or anti-Castro, does not feel the author is criticizing or praising Castro enough. In this respect, Gleijeses clearly goes to great lengths to be unbiased: he is very careful to note his suspicions of bias in a certain interviewee's, author's, journalist's, etc. account of a historical event. That is, Gleijeses may refer to a statement made by an interviewee, but will then immediately after (and not in the footnote, but in the main text), explicitly state that he suspects this account may be biased because the person defected from Cuba/still lives in Cuba/etc.
Gleijeses also tackles the controversial questions about the motivation and extent of US and Soviet intervention, and if Cuba was acting merely as a Soviet puppet in Africa. Again, this is done in an extremely careful and fair manner, adhering strictly to government documents and archival records, comparing other historical analyses, and drawing conclusions based solely on the facts.
"Conflicting Missions" is a rigorous, comprehensive history of an aspect of certain African independence movements is often overlooked: the Cuban contribution. This books shines because of its use of newly available documents and its critical, impartial analysis of what actually happened, absent of the ideology, propaganda, and bias that so often surrounds these issues.
(brave endeavour) to collect evidence (...I believe) to inform the outcome.
A moderate degree of impartiality (neutrality) reveals a responsible,
constructive, inclusive... project, and the architect (the writer) as a
relevant story teller. With that said; he clearly stated early on that this
work was not written from a western prism. Thus, brought to surface
the voices (angle) of those most affected.
Because I was born in (Sagrada-Familia) Luanda, Angola -1977 and told
many "cheerless accounts" of how their generation was brought up and
had endured as young adults by "above all" my own mother who was
born in late 1939 --- the subject matter of this book presented me w/ a
vivid opportunity to grasp at foreign engagement in a critical phase of
Africa's "political de-colonization" by the Europeans; as well as with a
break to contrast it w/ the narrative given by my elders (forebears).
What was, at least, vague to me... the book's opaque inquiry on what
indeed drove "the African liberation movements" foremost..!!! Y ?!?
Foreign engagement was mostly driven by opportunism, prestige,
leverage... and the book goes to a great extent (forthright; biased) to
unfold "strategic policy" craft / "realpolitik" overseas, yet quite fuzzy
when depicted what drove African's movement leaders.
I recommend this book to my peers as a means or guide for progress.
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