Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will examine the background, events, and legacy of the 1959 Cuban Revolution from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Using a combination of historical analyses, primary sources, films, and digital media, the course will begin with an overview of Cuba’s colonial history and its twentieth-century relationship with the United States. Students will review Fidel Castro’s rise to power, his revolutionary movement of 1959, and the revolution’s eventual turn to the Soviet Union. The course will emphasize the impact the revolution had on U.S.-Latin American relations in the context of the cold war as well as the dynamic cultural influences the conflict had and continues to have in the United States. Other themes will include the social aspects of the revolution within Cuba, the end of the Cold War, and the importance of Cuba in U.S. politics.
Textbook: Marifeli Pérez-Stable, The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, and Legacy, Oxford University Press, 1999. ISBN: 0195127498
Essay and Document Reader: Aviva Chomsky, The Cuba Reader: History, Culture, Politics, Duke University Press, 2003. ISBN: 0822331977
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