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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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The Eisenhower-Castro Years

The Eisenhower-Castro Years

The United States, Cuba, and the Challenges of Change

(p.167) 8 The Eisenhower-Castro Years
Fifty Years of Revolution

Francisca López Civeira

Lyse Hébert

University Press of Florida

In this chapter, Francisca López Civeira examines how the United States perceived the Cuban process and what its definitions were with respect to the Cuban Revolution during the period immediately preceding its triumph and in the first years of the revolutionary government. This examination is based on the view that both a perception of Cuba as a client state and an adherence to cold war rhetoric were essential components in the calculations of U.S. decision makers. This perspective was also shared by the traditional political elite in Cuba—an elite that had internalized dependence as a basic component of its own practices and assumed that the United States would, as it had throughout the twentieth century, resolve this new struggle for power on the island.

Keywords:   power struggle, political elite, perception, government, rhetoric, Cuban Revolution, client state, cold war, dependence, United States

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