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Fifty Years of RevolutionPerspectives on Cuba, the United States, and the World$
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Soraya M. Castro Marino and John S. Reitan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813040233

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813040233.001.0001

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An Island on the Doorstep of the World

An Island on the Doorstep of the World

Cuba's Place in U.S. Global Visions

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Fifty Years of Revolution

Ronald W. Pruessen

University Press of Florida

Ronald W. Pruessen explores the saga at the core of the old and complex Cuban–U.S. relationship--the roots of U.S. attitudes that reach deeper than the past fifty years. This chapter explains the backdrop that existed for the United States before and during the Castro years: a young nation's break from the British Empire in the late eighteenth century, the emergence of a vision bright with expectations of a glorious future, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century steps that brought dramatically expanded power (even hegemony) in the international arena. More than a century of interaction between Cuba and the United States makes it clear that U.S. behavior (even now) has been shaped in significant ways by the soil that nurtured a Great Power trajectory across two centuries.

Keywords:   relationship, colonialism, power, independence, British Empire, eighteenth century, nineteenth century, twentieth century, Castro, hegemony

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