Cuba, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Ted A. Henken, Miriam Celaya, Dimas Castellanos
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  • ISBN-10: 1610690125
  • ISBN-13: 9781610690126
  • DDC: 972.91
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 616 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released December 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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In this era of ever-increasing globalization and communication across national borders, Cuba remains an isolated island oddly out of step with the rest of the world. And yet, Cuba is beginning to evolve via the important if still insufficient changes instituted by Raul Castro, who became president in 2008. This book supplies a uniquely independent, accurate, and critical perspective in order to evaluate these changes in the context of the island's rich and complex history and culture. Organized into seven topical chapters that address geography, history, politics and government, economics, society, culture, and contemporary issues, readers will gain a broad, insightful understanding of one of the most unusual, fascinating, and often misunderstood nations in the Western Hemisphere.



  • Ted A. Henken
  • Miriam Celaya
  • Dimas Castellanos

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Preface and Acknowledgments.
1: Geography.
2: History.
3: Politics and Government.
4: Economy.
5: Society.
6: Religion and Thought.
7: Ethnicity and Race, Class Structure, and Inequality.
8: Family, Gender, and Sexuality.
9: Education.
10: Migration and Diaspora.
11: The Media.
12: Internet, Social Media, and the Cuban Blogosphere.
13: Culture.
14: Language and Literature.
15: Dance, Music, and Theater.
16: Cinema and Photography.
17: Cuisine.
18: Art and Architecture.
19: Popular Recreation and Sports.
20: Popular Culture, Customs, and Traditions.
21: Contemporary Issues.
22: Raúl Castro's Reforms: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back.
23: Agricultural Reforms.
24: Political Reforms and Rising Corruption.
25: Recent Cuban Elections.
26: Cuba's Demographic Crisis.
27: Recent Migration Reforms.
28: Cuba's International Relations.
29: The Catholic Church, Dissidence, Civil Society, and Human Rights.
Facts and Figures.
Major Cuban Holidays and Festivals.
Country-Related Organizations.
Annotated Bibliography.
Thematic Index.
About the Authors and Contributors.