By George Lambie
Whereas so much books and articles on Cuba search to investigate the island’s socialist test from the viewpoint of inner dynamics or diplomacy, this publication makes an attempt to appreciate the progressive approach as a part of a counter-current opposed to neoliberal globalization. Rather than proposing Cuba as a socialist survivor, whose functionality needs to be measured opposed to the criteria set by means of the overseas neighborhood, George Lambie judges Cuban socialism at the ambitions which the revolution units for itself. He indicates that regardless of Cuba’s isolation within the "New global Order," and the large pressures it has confronted to comply, its religion in an alternate socialist venture has persevered and grown. Now that neoliberalism is in challenge, Cuba’s advertising of socialist values is discovering a renewed relevance. during this attention-grabbing research, Lambie argues that Cuba is back changing into an emblem, and functional instance, of socialism in motion. This e-book is key examining for college students of politics and Latin American experiences.
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