Over the recent past, the academic and nonacademic Left has intensely debated the impact on Latin American leftist strategy of such recent developments as globalization and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. With the rise of leftist governments in Latin America, beginning with the election of Hugo Chávez in 1998, the discussion has focused on the experiences of the Left in power. These issues represent a particular challenge to the Cuban government, which defends Marxist orthodoxy but also shows a degree of flexibility dating back to the 1960s, when it challenged the Soviet line. The author of this book, Roberto Regalado, is currently the director of the Department of Foreign Relations of the Cuban Communist Party. The first hundred pages deal with political and economic developments since the rise of capitalism in the sixteenth century. The remaining pages center on Latin America and...

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