Academic journal article The International Journal of Cuban Studies

Cuba in a Global Context: International Relations, Internationalism and Transnationalism

Academic journal article The International Journal of Cuban Studies

Cuba in a Global Context: International Relations, Internationalism and Transnationalism

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Catherine Krull ed., Cuba in a Global Context: International Relations, Internationalism and Transnationalism (Gainesville, fl: university Press of florida, 2014) hb 335pp. ISbn: 978081304910

Reviewed by Stephen Wilkinson

Catherine Krull, for those who do not know her, is an exemplary academic and a generous individual. This collection of papers, 18 in all, is a testimony to her and her tireless work in pursuit of understanding Cuba. With its origins in the very well-attended conference 'Measure of a Revolution: Cuba, 1959-2009' held at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, in 2009, this volume provides a range of international and interdisciplinary perspectives on the position of Cuba economically, politically and culturally in the globalising world of the early twentieth century.

The list of contributors reads like a roll call of the giants of Cuba scholarship over the past 30 years. Louis Pérez Jr. contributes with a Foreword to the book, which is divided into three parts. In the first part, Bill LeoGrande and Maraguerite Rose Jiménez of American University, Washington, propose that meteorological and environmental concerns could serve as a bridge for increased understanding. This is a prescient position that has borne fruit in the Obama era. Their contribution is followed by an expert analysis of the role of the Cuban armed forces from Hal Klepak. The section contains an update (now dated to some extent) by Cuban specialist Carlos Alzugaray Treto on Sino-Cuban relations, and a very interesting essay on the origins of Canadian policy towards Cuba by Asa McKercher. However, the brightest star in this section is Karen Dubinsky, whose research on the case of the so-called Operation Peter Pan, offers a humane and corrective insight into this tragic episode the narrative of which has been manipulated as much as the children involved themselves.

Part 2 on Cuba's internationalism, starts with a paper by the late Max Azicri on the impact of the Cuba-Venezuela alliance. That this should be published posthumously of both its originator and its subject is a poignant reminder of our ephemerality. …

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