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January 1974
560 pages  

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Revolutionary Change in Cuba
Mesa-Lago , Carmelo
Cuba remains an enigma to most of the world. This collection of essays is a comprehensive and authoritative study of nearly all aspects of socialist Cuba-politics, economics, and society-recorded during the tumultuous period from 1959 to 1970.

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Carmelo Mesa-Lago is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
“Revolutionary Change in Cuba is one of the first works which actually attempts-and accomplishes-'a comprehensive, well-documented, up-to-date, and relatively objective study of the revolutionary changes that have taken place in Cuba from 1959 to 1970,' as the preface states. It is a highly valuable addition to the bibliography of the Cuban Revolution, no doubt due to become a standard reference source of the Revolution's first decade.”—Hispanic American Historical Review

“The book, in general, must be considered the most comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the revolution.”—American Political Science Review

“Mesa-Lago and others trace in detail the evolution of post-revolutionary economic policies, emphasizing the centralization of decision-making, the stress on moral incentives, the use of budgetary finance, and the emergence of the USSR as Cuba's major economic partner.”—Social Forces

“Revolutionary Change in Cuba is a very timely, useful volume; it is also fascinating. . . .This is a fine performance in a collective effort directed at a single topic.”—Journal of Economic Issues

“A well orchestrated amalgam of historians, economists, political scientists, sociologists, and educators has produced in Revolutionary Change in Cuba a perceptive analysis of that country's development during the past dozen years.”—Queen's Quarterly

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Cuba has been transformed more radically within one decade than almost any society in recent history. Yet the Cuban Revolution is poorly understood abroad because of its physical and political isolation, the controversies between adherents of the old and new regimes, and the murky skirmishes of the cold war. This collection of essays is a comprehensive and authoritative study of almost all major aspects of socialist Cuba. It draws together the talents of the ablest group of Cuban specialists ever represented in a single volume.


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