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Cuban Anarchism: The History of a Movement

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This inspiring history of the Cuban anarchist movement is also a history of the Cuban labor movement. It covers both from their origins in the mid-19th century to the present, and ends with an enlightening analysis of the failure of the Castro dictatorship.
Paperback, 154 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by See Sharp Press
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Reviewed by Danielarturo

This is the long awaited elaboration of his 1987 essay, "Cuba: the Anarchists and Liberty." The book recounts the history of the Cuban labor movement through its inception in the 1850's, to the overthrowing of the Batista regime by Fidel Castro and the 26th of July Movement, and the subsequent neutralization of the Cuban anarchist movement on the island. The book deals with many issues still much debated within anarchist
In a style quite similar to that of Paul Avrich, Fernandez documents the activities of the Anarchist movement in Cuba up to and during Castro's rise to power, using lots of primary sources , such as anarchist publications of the time. He minces no words in the process. Altogether an excellent book, save the disgustingly arrogant introduction by Chaz Bufe, who, as I recall, didn't say a word about Cuba and instead rants about how he hates primitivists and how they, Ted Kacyznski (who he supposes ...more
Conor Crockford
A strong, enlightening of a minor but significant section of anarchist history; this also doubles as a decent summary of why the view of Cuba as a communist country is completely false and how Castro and his minions gained power, even as leftists and naive celebrities continue to defend Castro's state-obsessed, totalitarian vision (I went through a Che phase myself briefly). A good translation for the most part.
Ryan Mishap
This sometimes seemed more concerned with arguments between various disciplines of anarchism than with telling a history. So, a bit thin but interesting. A general knowledge of Cuba's history would serve you well.
Nov 18, 2007 Margaret is currently reading it
Recommends it for: fans of revolution and labor movements
Exploitation by the Spanish ruling class, massive importation of African slaves to harvest sugar cane, coffee and tobacco, and a labor strike in 1865 - all this on the first two pages.
Linse Daugaard
Fin gennemgang af anarkismens historie på Cuba, og ikke mindst dens (for mig) ukendte modstand mod Castros styre.
Ash Ponders
An obituary for a movement crushed between Capital and Commune.
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