U.S.-Cuban relations in the 1990s /

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Other Authors: Domínguez, Jorge I., 1945-
Hernández, Rafael.
Format: Book
Published:Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1989.
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A series of paired chapters in which US and Cuban scholars who attended a 1988 conference in Havana address problem areas in US-Cuban relations including security concerns, Southern Africa, Latin America , economic relations, and international law. The opening chapters by the editors, Dominguez (Harvard) and Hernandez (Cuban Center for American Studies), address the overall problem of US-Cuban relations. Two themes stand out: first, there is a fundamental disagreement between US and Cuban scholars on both past and future relations between the two countries; second, US scholars tend to deprecate past history while Cuban scholars take this past history as a basic point of departure for their analysis of future relations. As with most edited works, the chapters tend to be uneven. Perhaps the most condescending chapter is Howard Wiarda's assessment of the successes and failures of the Cuban revolution. Paradoxically, many of his conclusions concerning Cuba's failures are contradicted by Kenneth Jameson. The latter's essay, plus a concluding chapter by James Rowles on possible areas of rapprochement stand out in a book marked by high-quality scholarship. A good companion to Subject to Solution, ed. by W. Smith and E. Morales (CH, Mar'89). Recommended for advanced undergraduates and above. E. A. Duff Randolph-Macon Woman's College

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