New Book

New book – Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America: An Oral History

14th Feb 2017

Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America: An Oral History

By Dirk Kruijt

Published 15 January 2017

  • The first oral history of Cuba’s revolutionary influence on governments across Latin America and an expose of the ‘Departamento América’
  • Features original interviews with over 70 Cuban officials and revolutionary veterans
  • A look at Cuba’s historic commitment to spreading revolution abroad, including a corrective to common distortions

The Cuban revolution served as a rallying cry to people across Latin America and the Caribbean. The revolutionary regime has provided vital support to the rest of the region, offering everything from medical and development assistance to training and advice on guerrilla warfare.

Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America is the first oral history of Cuba’s liberation struggle. Drawing on a vast array of original testimonies, Dirk Kruijt looks at the role of both veterans and the post-Revolution fidelista generation in shaping Cuba and the Americas.

Featuring the testimonies of over sixty Cuban officials and former combatants, Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America offers unique insight into a nation which, in spite of its small size and notional pariah status, remains one of the most influential countries in the Americas.

Dirk Kruijt is professor emeritus of development studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Utrecht University. A sociologist turned anthropologist. Other previous books include Guerrillas: War and Peace in Central America (Zed Books, 2008) and, with Kees Koonings, Violence and Resilience in Latin American Cities (Zed Books, 2015).


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