Avant Propos

  • Hal Klepak
Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)


The history of Cuba’s defense is the story of changing strategic, political, economic, and social circumstances against a backdrop of steadier geopolitical realities and wider international forces. Cuba since the arrival of Columbus has seen all manner of external and internal threats faced by its leaders and population. From pirates and corsairs, to foreign fleets and armies, to insurgent plotters from abroad to their equivalents at home, from internal revolutions against the exploitative state to the opposition of the greatest power since Rome.


Armed Force Special Period National Defense Defense Policy Cuban Revolution 
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    C. Fred Judson, Cuba and the Revolutionary Myth: The Political Education of the Cuban Rebel Army, 1953–1963, Boulder, Westview, 1984, p. 242.Google Scholar

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