Cuba and the Development of Underdevelopment
Cuba’s position within the international capitalist system has been determined by historical forces not of its own making, and in many fundamental ways the Cubans have merely responded to the external stimulus imposed upon the nation by the consolidation of the capitalist world economy. As a result, Cuba’s developmental history is symbolic of the paradoxical relationship that emerged among Europe, North America (for the purposes of this analysis the US, not Canada) and the nations of the Third World. This chapter will shift to an analysis of those factors that have contributed to Cuba’s domestic and international position within the context of the capitalist world economy. At this point it is necessary to explore the economic, political, and social conditions which first led Spain to pursue the colonial adventure.
KeywordsTobacco Production Industrial Revolution Sugar Production Capitalist System Slave Labor
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