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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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Now We Are Going to Build Socialism

Now We Are Going to Build Socialism

Crisis and Rectification, 1986–1990

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Revolutionary Cuba

Luis Martínez-Fernández

University Press of Florida

This short chapter looks at developments in Cuba during the thawing of the Cold War. While the Soviet Union and other communist nations embarked on a process of reformism away from socialism and absolutist rule, Cuba hardened its position on communist principles and dictatorial rule. This process came to be known as the Rectification Campaign, a process whereby Cuba returned to orthodox Marxism and ended opportunities for private entrepreneurship and self-employment. Cuba's economic recession emboldened both the U.S. government and Cuban exile organizations to take a harder line against the regime.

Keywords:   Rectification Campaign, General Arnaldo Ochoa, Purge of 1989, Glasnost, Perestroika, USSR-Cuba relations, recession, exile organizations

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