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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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Surviving the Special Period

Surviving the Special Period

Learning Lessons from the Past, 1989–2003

(p.128) 5 Surviving the Special Period
The Guerrilla Legacy of the Cuban Revolution

Anna Clayfield

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on the so-called Special Period in Cuba, a time of heightened instability and a profound economic crisis that, in 1991, resulted in the collapse of the country’s principal political and economic ally: The Soviet Union. It makes the case that the guerrilla code is a recourse the Cuban leadership turns to when trying to steel the population to face a series of unprecedented challenges. It also argues that, to the Cuban people, guerrillerismo was a guide for how to move the Revolution forward; evidence for this is found in this chapter’s examination of the official discourse during the “Battle of Ideas” moment at the turn of the millennium.

Keywords:   Special Period, Battle of Ideas, Soviet Union, Crisis, Discourse, Cuban, Revolution

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