The Culture of Conflict in Modern Cuba


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About the Book

Conflict in Cuba is not new. Since early in the Caribbean nation’s colonial history a small elite has used centralized power to rule for what they viewed as the common good. Officials often created monopolies which limited accountability, social mobility, fair play and economic development. This work traces this ethos, efforts to change it, and its manifestations in present-day Cuba.
The first of seven chapters discusses the history of Cuba’s government and economy, and the ongoing conflict of monism and pluralism. Several chapters then detail the insights the author gained through his work in the country: Cubans are only too aware that, with very few exceptions, they have long been under one form of tyranny or another; they hate their chains but fear to lose them; Cubans and their friends and enemies both want and fear a pluralistic Cuba; and Cubans understand that though Cuban rightists in the United States hate Castro, they share many of his principles and methods. In a final chapter, the work explores various possibilities that the future may hold for the island.

About the Author(s)

The founder and former director of the Cuban Studies Institute at Tulane University, Nicholas A. Robins is a visiting scholar in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke University. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Nicholas A. Robins
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 138
Bibliographic Info: chronology, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2003
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1415-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8418-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     1

1 From Conquistadors to Castro     5
2 First Flight     36
3 Living the Monistic Life     41
4 Love, Hate, and Chains     57
5 The Long Road to Pluralism     73
6 Cubans in Exile and the Monistic Legacy     95
7 The Future     114

Chronology     121
Index     125