Latin American History Topics

Latin American History Topics

Latin American History Topics: The Cuban Revolution

Second Paper Assignment: Assessment of the Cuban Revolution, Rough Draft

Due Date: December 17th, 2018 by 11:59pm

Length: 10-12 pages

Method of Delivery: Email to Word or PDF document only.

Format: 12-point font, Times New Roman, one-inch margins.

Citations: Footnote (Chicago Style) plus Works Cited Page.

In January 1959, the M-26 Movement successfully toppled the Batista dictatorship after three years of conflict in the Sierra Maestra and the cities. Upon assuming power, it faced immediate and profound challenges, ranging from US opposition and poverty to structural racism and sexism. The next thirty-two years (and beyond) would witness profound changes in Cuban society and the island’s relationship with the great powers, most notably the United States and the Soviet Union. In an 8-9 paper, analyze the nature of the Cuban Revolution, its goals, **and whether or not it was successful in achieving those goals.** Your paper should be in 12 point Time New Roman font with one inch margins, it should possess a clear thesis, both introductory and concluding paragraphs, and have footnoted citations from the assigned readings plus SIX outside readings, as well.

In planning your paper, please choose THREE of the following themes:


Social Rights (literacy and education, healthcare, housing, human development)



A combination of 4 & 5 (Intersectionality; this will not count for two themes)

The New Socialist Man

Economic Independence

Useful timeframes for historicizing different parts of your paper:






In researching your paper, please choose at LEAST NINE of the following sources (you do not have to use the entire book; a chapter counts!)


Marifeli Perez-Stable. The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, and Legacy

Samuel Farber. Cuba since 1959: A Critical Assessment.

Lillian Guerra. Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 1959-1971

Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb. Cuba in the Shadows of Change.


Lars Schoultz. That Infernal Little Republic: The United States and the Cuban Revolution.

Jorge I. Domínguez. To Make a World Safe for Revolution: Cuba’s Foreign Policy.

Piero Gleijeses. Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976.

____________. Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014).

_____________. Cuba’s First Venture in Africa, 1961-1965,” Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Feb., 1996), pp. 159-195

_____________. “Truth or Credibility. Castro, Carter, and the Invasions of Shaba,” The International History Review, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Feb., 1996), pp. 70-103.

_____________. “The First Ambassadors: Cuba’s Contribution to Guinea-Bissau’s War of Independence,” Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Feb., 1997), pp. 45-88

_____________. Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003).

_____________. “Cuba and the Independence of Namibia,” Cold War History, Vol. 7, No. 2, May 2007, pp. 285–303

_____________. “Moscow’s Proxy? Cuba and Africa, 1975-1988,” Journal of Cold War Studies, Volume 8, Number 2, Spring 2006, pp. 3-51

Jonathan Brown. Cuba’s Revolutionary World (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017).

Dirk Kruijt. Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America: An Oral History (New York: Zed Books, 2017)

William LeGrande and Peter Kornbluh. Backchannel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

Mervyn J Bain. “The Glastnost Effect on Soviet-Cuban Relations,” Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 2 (2) 2004

____________. “Cuba–Soviet Relations in the Gorbachev Era,” Journal of Latin American Studies Vol. 37, 2005, pp. 769–79

____________. “Triangle of Mistrust: Washington, Moscow, and Havana,” Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 4 (2) 2006, pp. 145-162

Tobias Rupprecht. Soviet Internationalism after Stalin: Interaction and Exchange between the USSR and Latin America during the Cold War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Peter Polack. The Last Hot Battle of the Cold War: Cuba vs. South Africa in the Angolan Civil War (New York: Casemate, 2013).

Yinghong Cheng. Sino-Cuban Relations During the Early Years of the Castro Regime, 1959-1966” Journal of Cold War Studies, Volume 9, No. 3, 2007

Stephen G. Rabe. Eisenhower and Latin America: The Foreign Policy of Anti-Communism (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1988).

____________. The Most Dangerous Area in the World: John F. Kennedy Confronts Revolution in Latin America (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1988).

Daniela Spenser. “The Caribbean Crisis: Catalyst for Soviet Projection in Latin America,” In From the Cold: Latin America’s New Encounter with the Cold War (Durhum: Duke University Press, 2008).

Margaret Randall. Exporting Revolution: Cuba’s Global Solidarity (Durhum: Duke University Press, 2017).

Social Rights:Henry Veltmeyer and Mark Rushton. The Cuban Revolution as Socialist Human Development.

Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt. To Defend the Revolution Is to Defend Culture: The Cultural Policy of the Cuban Revolution (New York: PM Press, 2015)

Anne Luke. Youth and the Cuban Revolution: Youth Culture and Politics in 1960s Cuba (New York: Lexington Books, 2018).

Yingong Cheng and Patrick Manning. “Revolution in Education: China and Cuba in Global Context, 1957-1976,” Journal of World History, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2003, pp. 359-407.

Jennifer Lambe. Madhouse: Psychiatry and Politics in Cuban History (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2017), pp. 140-237.

Emilio Bejal. Gay Cuban Nation (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001).

Lilian Guerra. “Gender Policing, Homosexuality, and the New Patriarchy of the Cuban Revolution.” Social History, 35:3, 2010.

Anita Casavantes. The Revolution is for the Children: The Politics of Childhood in Havana and Miami, 1959-1962 (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2014).


Alejandro de la Fuente. A Nation for All: Race, Inequality, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Cuba (Chapters 7 & 8)

Devyn Spence Benson. Anti-Racism in Cuba: The Unfinished Revolution (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

Gender: Lois M. Smith. Sex and Revolution: Women in Socialist Cuba (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996).

Carrie Hamilton. Sexual Revolutions in Cuba: Passion, Politics, and Memory.

Michelle Chase. Revolution within the Revolution: Women and Gender Politics in Cuba, 1952-1962 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

Helen Icka Safa. “Women, Industrialization, and State Policy in Cuba,” The Kellogg Institute, 1989.

Elise Andaya. Conceiving Cuba: Reproduction, the State, and Women in Post-Soviet Cuba (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2017)

Economy, Socialism, and The New Man:

John Lee Anderson. Che: A Revolutionary Life (Chapters 20-24)

Julie Marie Bunck. Fidel Castro and the Quest for a Revolutionary Culture in Cuba

Ana Sera. The New Man in Cuba: Culture and Identity in the Revolution (Miami: University of Florida, 2007).

Yinghong Cheng. Creating the New Man: From Enlightenment Ideals to Socialist Realities (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2008). Helen Yaffe. Che Guevara and the Economics of Revolution (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009).

Richard Feinberg. Open for Business: Building the New Cuban Economy (Washington, DC: Brookings University Press, 2016).

Helen Icka Safa. “Women, Industrialization, and State Policy in Cuba,” The Kellogg Institute, 1989.

Juan Valdez Paz, “The Cuban Agrarian Revolution: Achievements and Challenges,” Estudios Avancados, 25 (72), 2011.

Komsas Tsokhas. “The Political Economy of Cuban Dependence on the Soviet Union,” Theory and Society, 03/1980, Volume 9, Issue 2.

Carmelo Mesa-Lago. Cuba in the 1970s: Pragmatism and Institutionalization (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1977).