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MatanzasThe Cuba Nobody Knows$
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Miguel A. Bretos

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813038100

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813038100.001.0001

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Deus ex Machine Gun

Deus ex Machine Gun

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MIGUEL A. Bretos

University Press of Florida

Cuba's experience during the first half of the twentieth century can be compared to a hurricane. As such, the eye of the storm can be dated to the period 1940–1952, that is, the time during which Cuba lived under the legality of the 1940 Constitution. The Constitution embodied the social-reform ideas that had emerged during the 1933 revolution; however, framing was possible thanks to the period of peace which followed, due to a great extent to an able newcomer to the Cuban political scene, Fulgencio Batista, an obscure army sergeant who took power in an unprecedented coup d'état staged by NCOs. After ruling Cuba as a legally elected president, Batista staged another coup against a lawfully elected successor, Carlos Prio Socarras, and set himself up as de facto president. This chapter explores the revolution against Batista in Matanzas, especially such events as the assault on the Goicuria army headquarters in 1954.

Keywords:   Fulgencio Batista, Carlos Prio Socarras, 1940 Constitution, 1933 coup, 1952 coup, Goicuria HQ

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