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Cuba in the Caribbean Cold War

Exiles, Revolutionaries and Tyrants, 1952-1959

Authors: Prados Ortiz de Solórzano, Nicolás

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  • Explores the revolutionary network known as the Caribbean Legion
  • Analyzes previously unavailable Cuban sources, as well as British, American, and Spanish archives
  • Pursues a transnational approach, showing Cuban revolutionaries’ close ties with rebels throughout the Caribbean 
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This book argues that during the Cuban Revolution (1952–1958), Fidel Castro, his allies, and members of the Movimiento 26 de Julio tapped into a larger network of transnational revolutionaries who sought to overthrow the region’s dictatorships. With his research in multiple archives including those in Cuba, Prados offers a new, transnational perspective on conflicts over dictatorship and democracy, which shaped the Caribbean in the decades that followed World War II. The book traces the roots of the ‘Caribbean Legion’, a transnational network of anti-dictatorial revolutionaries, before detailing how Castro and many of his allies in exile exploited this web during the struggle against Fulgencio Batista. Contacts in this network provided the Cuban revolutionaries with crucial military, financial, and diplomatic support from the democratic governments of José Figueres in Costa Rica, and Rómulo Betancourt in Venezuela, entangling the Cuban revolutionaries in a larger regional struggle between democratic regimes and military dictatorships. This transnational involvement shaped the revolutionary regime of 1959 and had far-reaching repercussions for the larger geopolitical dynamics in the region, and for the Cold War as a whole.  


About the authors

Nicolás Prados Ortiz de Solórzano is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Oxford, UK. He is currently investigating the relationship between democracy and transnational revolutionary networks operating in Latin America and the Caribbean from the mid-1940s to the early 1960s.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Caribbean Legion Revived

    Pages 1-16

    Prados Ortiz de Solórzano, Nicolás

  • A Caribbean Cold War, 1947–1955

    Pages 17-41

    Prados Ortiz de Solórzano, Nicolás

  • The Internationalization of the Cuban Revolution, 1955–1956

    Pages 43-65

    Prados Ortiz de Solórzano, Nicolás

  • The Caribbean Legion Supplying the Sierra Maestra, 1957–1958

    Pages 67-88

    Prados Ortiz de Solórzano, Nicolás

  • Conclusion: The Demise of the Caribbean Legion, 1959–1961

    Pages 89-100

    Prados Ortiz de Solórzano, Nicolás

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-46363-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cuba in the Caribbean Cold War
Book Subtitle
Exiles, Revolutionaries and Tyrants, 1952-1959
Authors
Series Title
St Antony's Series
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-46363-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-46363-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-46362-5
Series ISSN
2633-5964
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 113
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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