Cuba is Focus of Latest Scholarly Bibliography from University Presses

Deep Body of Scholarship Promotes Understanding of Island Nation's Historic Role

May 14, 2009: Fifty years ago, Fidel Castro's Cuban revolution brought the Cold War to the United States' doorstep. Since that time, the Caribbean nation has played an immense role on the international stage, from its connections with the Soviet Union and Communist China, to military interventions across the globe, and to the influence Cuban policy and Cuban immigrants have had on U.S. politics and culture. With a new administration in Washington moving slowly to more open relations, and what seems to be the beginning of a transition of power in Cuba, Books for Understanding has compiled a bibliography of the important scholarship that may help us understand what changes may come.

Find information and links to more than 150 general and specialist works on the history, policies, and culture of Cuba here:

From 24 prestigious scholarly publishers, these titles include:

• The forthcoming Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, June 2009) from pre-eminent Latin America scholar Julia E. Sweig, as well as Sweig's Inside the Cuban Revolution (Harvard, 2004).

The Cuban Embargo: The Domestic Politics of an American Foreign Policy, by Patrick J. Haney, Walt Vanderbush (Pittsburgh, 2005): a thorough examination of U.S.-Cuba economic relations.

Looking at Cuba: Essays on Culture and Civil Society (Florida, 2003) by Rafael Hernández, translated by Dick Cluster: a leading Cuban intellectual's first-hand analysis of contemporary Cuban life.

• Ann Marie Stock's On Location in Cuba: Street Filmmaking during Times of Transition (North Carolina, 2009) looks at artists working outside of the state film industry in the "Special Period" of the 1990s and into the twenty-first century.

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