Confusionist Cubanism: The Political Mess Before Granma

Thomas G. Paterson

in Contesting Castro

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780195101201
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854189 | DOI:
Confusionist Cubanism: The Political Mess Before Granma

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Batista embraced the Cold War against communism and broke diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union in 1952. He also outlawed the Communist Party. The Cubans decided that violent revolt was necessary to oust Batista and clean up politics. In April 1948, Castro and other students of the University of Havana disrupted the inauguration meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS). Castro lead charges and called for revolution in the streets. He then came to Cuba and turned to the Ortodoxo party. During the mid-1950s, Cuba experienced politically inspired violence such as bombing, fires, riots, assassinations, and tortures. In April 1965, Batista's secret police blunted a military conspiracy by nabbing and court-martialing Colonel Ramon Barquin and other officers.

Keywords: Castro; Batista; communism; Soviet Union; Organization of American States; Ortodoxo party; Colonel Ramon Barquin

Chapter.  4020 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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