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Upon publication in the late 1970s this book was the first major historical analysis of twentieth-century Cuba. Focusing on the way Cuba has been governed, and in particular on the way a changing elite has made claims to legitimate rule, it carefully examines each of Cuba's three main political eras: the first, from Independence in 1902 to the Presidency of Gerardo Machado in 1933; the second, under Batista, from 1934 until 1958; and finally, Castro's revolution, from 1959 to the present.Jorge Dominguez discusses the political roles played by interest groups, mass organizations, and the military. He also investigates the impact of international affairs on Cuba and provides the first printed data on many aspects of political, economic, and social change since 1959. He deals in depth with agrarian politics and peasant protest since 1937, and his concluding chapter on Cuba's present culture is a fascinating insight into a society which--though vitally important--remains mysterious to most readers in the United States.Cuba's role in international affairs is vastly greater than its size. The revolution led by Fidel Castro, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the missile crisis in 1962, the underwriting of revolution in Latin America and recently in Africa--all these events have thrust Cuba onto the modern world stage. Anyone hoping to understand this country and its people, and above all its changing systems of government, will find this book essential.
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Introduction Part One: Prerevolutionary Cuba Governing through PluralizatIon, 1902-1933 The Political Impact of Imperialism Imperalism and a Pluralized Economy Government Authority The Purposes of Government The Political Party System Cleavages outside the Party System Governing through Regulation and Distribution, 1933-1958 The Retreat of Empire and the Rise of Hegemony Hegemony and the Economy Social Mobilization Economic Growth and Social Welfare Government Authority The Weight of Government The Purposes of Government Political Cleavages and Parties The Breakdown of the Political System The Problem of Political Illegitimacy The Politics of Breakdown Part Two: Revolutionary Cuba: Governing through Centralization International Influences, Society, and the Economy Hegemony and Revolutionary Politics Social Mobilization through Education The Economy and Social Welfare Establishing a New Government Government Authority and the Centralization of Power Structuring Revolutionary Politics The Formation of the Communist Party Social Bases and Political Purposes Social Effects of Redistribution Bureaucratization and Social Change The Constitution of 1976 and the Formalization of the State The Law and the Courts Mass Political Participation The Committees for the Defense of the Revolution The Cuban Women's Federation The Cuban Labor Confederation Youth Organizations The Political Impact of Popular Participation in Government Elections and Electoral Procedures Political Mobilization Measuring the Public Mood The Communist Party The Ruling Elite Party Membership The Communist Youth Union Functions of the Communist Party Internal Party Structure Party Schools The Party's Claim to Rule The Civic Soldier The Military Mission of the Armed Forces The Socioeconomic Mission of the Armed Forces The Political Mission of the Armed Forces Part Three: Political Processes and Change Setting Public Policy Setting Economic Policy Setting Intellectual and Scientific Policy Policymaking and Social Institutions Legislation and Legislative Processes Planning for the Nation Agrarian Conflict and Peasant Politics Agrarian Conflict before the Revolutlon Revolution Revo&iffonary Rule, and Agrarian Conflict The National Association of Small Peasants Political Culture Political Participation Cooperation and Individualism Explaining Continuity and Change after the Revolution Change among Students in the Early 1960s National Integration Forming the New Socialist Citizen Women and the Revolution Social Stress and Revolutionory Change Appendixes The Impact of International Economic Factors on Internal Affairs: Three Perspectives Changes in the Height of Cubans Racial Inequality in Public Health Textual Changes in the Draft Constitution of 1976 and the Draft Family Code Members of the People's Socialist Party in the Communist Party's Central Committee Cooperation among Cuban Scientists Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Jorge I. Dominguez is Antonio Medero Professor of Mexican and Latin American Politics and Economics, Harvard University.


"Cuba: Order and Revolution" will be the definitive study on twentieth century Cuba To my mind, publication of the Dominguez book will do for Cuban studies what Merle Fainsod s "How Russia Is Ruled" did for Soviet studies some two decades ago. In effect, it will become a landmark study.--Edward Gonzalez" Cuba: Order and Revolution will be the definitive study on twentieth century Cuba... To my mind, publication of the Dominguez book will do for Cuban studies what Merle Fainsod's How Russia Is Ruled did for Soviet studies some two decades ago. In effect, it will become a landmark study.--Edward Gonzalez

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