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A Puzzling Matter

Thomas G. Paterson

in Contesting Castro

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780195101201
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854189 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.003.0001
A Puzzling Matter

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This book scrutinizes the causes of the acrid anti-Americanism of Castroism and the bitter American anti-Castroism seen in U.S.-Cuba relations from the 1950s to 1990s. The answers to why these once close allies become entrenched enemies are presented in this book. The years of the insurrection has to be studied in order to understand the confrontations that happened later—Castro's call for hemispheric rebellion against U.S.-backed governments, anti-American speeches, an expropriation of U.S. economic interests, the U.S. trade embargo, Cuba's movement toward Communism, Cuba's military alliance with the Soviet Union, and many others. This book studies why the U.S., with extensive interests on the line, failed to prevent the loss of a dependent weaker state. The book also examines the timing of events, the difficulties, and the nationalism that fuelled the rebellion where the Cuban insurgents won and how the U.S. failed despite its efforts to block Castro.

Keywords: Anti-Americanism; Castroism; anti-Castroism; Castro; Cuba; United States; Communism

Chapter.  4322 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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