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Luis Martínez-Fernández

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049953

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049953.001.0001

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The Ten Million Will Happen

The Ten Million Will Happen

Expanding Socialism, 1963–1970

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Revolutionary Cuba

Luis Martínez-Fernández

University Press of Florida

This chapter, “The Ten Million Will Happen: Expanding Socialism, 1963–1970,” traces the revolution's trajectory from “heroic idealism” in the early 1960s to what came to be known as the Great Debate among different socioeconomic models during 1963–66 to a “compromised idealism” formula toward the end of the decade, a phase epitomized by the epic drive to produce ten million tons of sugar in 1970. Major topics include the strengthening of Cuba-USSR relations, based on generous Soviet terms for the importation of sugar and exportation of oil; the negative repercussions of focusing on a single crop (sugar); the expansion of internationalism and interventionism headed by Guevara; and the creation of the Cuban Communist Party.

Keywords:   Ten Million Ton Harvest, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, concept of the “New Man”, food rationing, China-USSR tensions, Carlos Rafael Rodriguez, Cuban Communist Party, internationalism, sugar, Soviet Union, The Great Debate

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