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Contesting CastroThe United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution$
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Thomas G. Paterson

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195101201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.001.0001

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Confusionist Cubanism: The Political Mess Before Granma

Confusionist Cubanism: The Political Mess Before Granma

(p.25) 2 Confusionist Cubanism: The Political Mess Before Granma
Contesting Castro

Thomas G. Paterson

Oxford University Press

Batista embraced the Cold War against communism and broke diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union in 1952. He also outlawed the Communist Party. The Cubans decided that violent revolt was necessary to oust Batista and clean up politics. In April 1948, Castro and other students of the University of Havana disrupted the inauguration meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS). Castro lead charges and called for revolution in the streets. He then came to Cuba and turned to the Ortodoxo party. During the mid-1950s, Cuba experienced politically inspired violence such as bombing, fires, riots, assassinations, and tortures. In April 1965, Batista's secret police blunted a military conspiracy by nabbing and court-martialing Colonel Ramon Barquin and other officers.

Keywords:   Castro, Batista, communism, Soviet Union, Organization of American States, Ortodoxo party, Colonel Ramon Barquin

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