By K. Artaraz
This ebook explores the connection among the Cuban Revolution and Western intellectuals and activists through the early days of the Revolution within the Nineteen Sixties. studying the situations of France, Britain and the USA, it files the increase and fall of the non-public and highbrow appeal that built among a brand new new release of dedicated intellectuals and the Revolution. This demanding situations dominant scholarly perspectives in regards to the early improvement of the Cuban Revolution and offers the construction blocks for a renewed knowing of the Revolution that's suitable to present political and ideological transitions occurring within the island.
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The same call was repeated at the Organization of Latin American Solidarity (OLAS) Conference in August 1967, thus deliberately setting Cuba against the official Soviet line on peaceful transition to socialism while appealing to other Latin American communist parties to break ranks (Kenner and Petras, 1972). In the meantime, guerrilla activity had broken out in many parts of Latin America, all visibly influenced by the Cuban strategy. The theoretical justification of guerrilla warfare was published in Havana in 1967 to coincide with the OLAS Conference and came from Régis Debray.
The EIRs could not confront this challenge because, between 1963–1967, they reflected a disenchantment with the Soviet Union and the conviction that uncritical borrowing of ideas from the Soviet Union would not serve to meet Cuba’s political needs (Fagen, 1969).
With an average age of 25, it was one of the youngest professorial teams in Cuba. In addition, the new philosophy department was accountable to the vice chancellor’s office and, by implication, to the State Council (Veitía, 1996: 43). This fact ccounted for the seemingly free hand enjoyed by this group to choose its own areas of intellectual concern and to shape the content of its teaching programs. Their initial course, a “Soviet” interpretation of Marxism or DIAMAT, was soon dropped for “History of Marxist Thought”—a fully developed course that was up and running by the 1965–1966 academic year.
Cuba and Western Intellectuals since 1959 by K. Artaraz