Cuba and the USA: A Love-Hate Relationship

After Fidel Castro’s and Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara’s successful guerilla warfare and seizure of power in 1959, America has maintained a rigid economic embargo on Cuba. The bilateral relations reached an historic low during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, which brought the world to the brink of a nuclear confrontation between the two superpowers USA and the Soviet Union. It was President Obama, who took extraordinary steps to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba, meeting the new leader Raul Castro. After Trump, who imposed new sanctions on Cuba, President Biden wants now to again to ease the political situation.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Capek, Michael, US-Cuba Relations (Essential Library, 2016)
  • Fursenko, Alekxandr & Timothy Naftali, Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary (Norton, 2007)
  • Perez, Louis A., Cuba and the United States (University of Georgia Press, 2003))
  • Zweig, Julia E., Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2009)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction
  • Fidel Castro’s & Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara’s guerilla warfare
  • The U.S. Guantanamo Bay detention camp
  • The failed ‘Bay of Pigs’ invasion 1961
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962
  • Obama’s visit to Cuba to meet Raul Castro
  • The Rolling Stones play to 1.6 million in Havana in 2016
  • New economic and political sanctions against Cuba by Donald Trump
  • Civil Demonstrations in Cuba
  • Cuba’s new President Miguel Diaz-Canel and US - President Joe Biden
  • Is Cuba a ‘failed state’ as Biden said?

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Develop a better understanding of the political history and relations of Cuba and the USA;
  2. Gain an awareness of the variety of ways historians approach the past.
$149 Limited / $134

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