Cuban Revolution

Read the #CubanRevolutionSyllabus Introduction Here!

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Alfredo Manzo Cedeño, The Cuba’s Soup, Homage to Warhol, Ideology, Revolution, & History, 2003.

Week 1. The Challenge of Cuban History

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Week 2. Independent Cuba Before 1959: In the Shadow of the North

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Week 3. Independent Cuba Before 1959: Local Struggles for Agency, Economy, and Reform

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Week 4: The Insurrection from Without and Within

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Week 5. The Revolution in Power: From Olive Green to Red

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Week 6: American Divorce

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Week 7. Marginal Subjectivities: Race, Gender, Sexuality (and a Long Etcetera)

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Week 8. Fellow Travelers

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Week 9. “Within the Revolution, all; against the Revolution, nothing”: The Politics of Intellectual and Cultural Production, 1959-1976

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Week 10. Socialist Modernities: Toward the 1970s and 80s

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Week 11. Exiles, Gusanos, and “Counter”-revolutionaries in the Vortex of Cold War

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Week 12. The Impact of the Revolution Abroad: Cuban Foreign Policy

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Week 13. The (Long) “Special” Period

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Week 14. Actualizaciones: Raúl, “D17,” and Beyond

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Week 15. Postscript: After Fidel

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Michael J. Bustamante is Assistant Professor of Latin American History in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University. His current book project, Cuban Counterpoints: Memory Struggles in Revolution and Exile, excavates public spectacle, rare press, private correspondence, and visual media to track clashes over Cuban collective and historical memory, on and off the island, in the wake of the 1959 Revolution. You can tweet him @MJ_Busta.

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