THE CUBAN REVOLUTION
CUBAN REVOLUTION TIMELINE
Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution
Citation: Ferrer, Ada. 2016. Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution. Cambridge University Press.
Description: This book follows the reverberations of the Haitian Revolution in Cuba. By creatively linking two stories – one of the Haitian Revolution, arguably the most radical revolution in the modern world where enslaved and formerly enslaved people succeeded in ending slavery and establishing independence, and the story of the rise of Cuban slave society – that are usually told separately, Ada Ferrer sheds fresh light on both crucial moments in Caribbean and Atlantic history.
Citation: Chomsky, Aviva. 2015. A History of the Cuban Revolution. 2nd ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Description: This book presents a socio-historical account of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, balancing a comprehensive overview of the political and economic events of the revolution, alongside a look at its social impact. It provides an on-the-ground look at the lives of ordinary people, featuring both U.S. and Cuban perspectives to provide a well-rounded look at the revolution and its repercussions. It encourages readers to understand history through the perspectives of those who lived and are living through it.
Citation: Castro, Fidel. History Will Absolve Me. The Moncada Trial Defence Speech. Santiago de Cuba. 16 October 1953.
Description: The primary purpose of Castro’s speech was to defend and justify the rebellion, or the attack on the Moncada Barracks in 1953, led by him, followed by his revolutionaries. In this speech he not only criticises and vilifies Batista’s regime, outing its corruption of Cuba’s constitution, military, and judiciary, but also provides a comprehensive set of reforms that he claims his revolutionaries and him would have implemented had they been successful. He ends the speech entreating the panel of judges to send him and his comrades to prison, claiming not to want to live in Batista’s Cuba as a ‘free’ citizen, claiming that future generations will forgive him for his attempt to overthrow the regime, and famously concluding with “History will absolve me”.
Citation: Smith, Lois M. and Alfred Padula. 1996. Sex and Revolution: Women in Socialist Cuba. Oxford University Press.
Citation: Guevara, Ernesto Che. 1961. Guerilla Warfare. New York: Monthly Review Press.