Ten original essays by an international team of scholars specializing in Cuba, the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and Latin America focus on the fall of communism in Europe and the transition to a market economy. Major themes of this study are the impact of the USSR's collapse on Cuba, how the historic events in Europe have affected the Central and South American Left, their implications to Cuba, Cuba's policies for confronting the crisis, and potential scenarios for the political and economic transformation of Cuba.
This is a remarkable book in the field of Cuban studies for it explains the reasons, circumstances, and consequences of the breakdown of the Cuban economy as it confronted the reduction and ultimate total cut-off of Soviet-Russian aid.
For a sober and detailed examination of the immediate background of the current situation in Cuba there is no better place to begin than with the Carmelo Mesa-Lago volume. This outstanding contribution looks at the impact of the collapse of Cuba's most important alliances and examines the reasons Cuba escaped the domino effect that led to the rapid demise of communism in Eastern Europe.
No serious student of Cuban politics and the Latin American left should miss this book.