Spring 2020

The Cuban Revolution, 1959–2009

Listed in: History, as HIST-344  |  Latinx and Latin Amer Studies, as LLAS-344


Russell Lohse (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 344 and LLAS 344) Sixty years after its triumph, the Cuban revolution continues to ignite controversy and to influence the politics of the Americas and beyond This course will provide an in-depth examination of the origins, course, development, and historical interpretations of the Cuban revolution over its first half-century. Its charismatic leader, Fidel Castro, will receive special attention, as will his closest collaborators: the honorary Cuban, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, and Fidel's younger brother, Raúl. Among many other topics to be explored are the revolution's turn to Marxism-Leninism and the Soviet bloc; its contentious relationship with the United States; the creation and construction of a Cuban socialism; Cuba's special relationship with Africa; and the perennial efforts of Cuban émigrés to overthrow the revolution. We will conclude by considering the revolution's prospects in a post-Soviet—and now post-Fidel—world.

Spring semester. Visiting Professor Lohse.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2020