Essay about The Cuban Revolution Of 1959

1704 Words Dec 12th, 2016 7 Pages
Cuba has undergone extreme political, economic and cultural change since 1953 and is an extraordinary anomaly of communist rule, surviving in a capitalistic world. The Cuban Revolution of 1959, led by Fidel Castro and his 26th of July movement, saw the overthrow of the then Cuban President, Fulgenico Batista. Since the revolt, Castro governed a communist-socialist state and the country has experienced many political, societal and economic difficulties despite having one of the best education and health systems in the world; this is largely due to the post-revolutionary governance, U.S Blockade and collapse of the Soviet Union.
Douglas Hamilton is a research economist and the coordinator of the Cuba Support Group in Belfast. He has worked in various academic, governmental and non-governmental bodies, throughout his career in Ireland and Britain and his interests lie strongly in socioeconomic development and policy (Hamilton, 2002). After spending extensive time in Cuba, Hamilton began studying at the University of Havana, when he produced the journal article, “Whither Cuban Socialism: The changing political economy of the Cuban revolution”, which was published in May 2002.
As the title suggests, the article focuses on the ever continuing political economic and institutional change caused by the Cuban Revolution. Hamilton believes that the Cuban Revolution can be broken down into 6 key stages of political development. He begins his article by giving a brief description of…

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