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The Guerrilla Legacy of the Cuban Revolution$
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Anna Clayfield

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400899

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400899.001.0001

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Guerrillerismo in the Shadows, 1980–1989

Guerrillerismo in the Shadows, 1980–1989

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The Guerrilla Legacy of the Cuban Revolution

Anna Clayfield

University Press of Florida

By examining the official discourse of the Cuban Revolution in the 1980s, this chapter paints a more complex picture of the decade than has commonly been portrayed in the literature. Far from being a time in which the Revolution was subsumed by its adherence to the Soviet model, the tracing of the relative absence or presence of guerrillerismo demonstrates that the 1980s was a decade of shifting ideological currents, a decade in which the use of a guerrilla rhetoric served different functions at different points. This chapter argues that one such function in the late 1980s (as well as in other decades), was to undermine the proliferation of a “siege mentality.”

Keywords:   1980s, Siege mentality, Soviet, Discourse, Guerrillerismo, Cuban Revolution, Guerrilla

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