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'If that is Heaven, We Would Rather Go to Hell:' Contextualizing U.S.-Cuba Relations

Societies Without Borders, Vol. 2, pp. 131-152, 2007

22 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2011  

Luis E. Rumbaut

Cuban American Alliance Education Fund

Rubén G. Rumbaut

University of California, Irvine - Department of Sociology

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

The history of Cuba is one of conquest and rebellion. Since the arrival of Columbus, it has had two colonial masters: Spain and the United States. Spain, after the collapse of its empire, ceased to be a threat to the peoples of America. Now, the Spanish are among the principal investors in Cuba, and make up a high percentage of tourists to the island. The United States, engaged in empire-building as sole superpower and continuing to pursue a half-century-old policy of regime change in Cuba, is still seen by the Cubans as the greatest threat to their independence and sovereignty. This article reviews the history of relations between the two countries, seeking to contextualize their social origins and political evolution, concluding that an improvement in relations is unlikely absent a profound change in the political economy of either country, or of both, a change that could occur internally or be caused by external factors.

Keywords: Cuba, Spanish colonialism, US imperialism, US-Cuba relations, Platt Amendment, Teller Amendment, Fidel Castro, José Martí, Hatuey

Suggested Citation

Rumbaut, Luis E. and Rumbaut, Rubén G., 'If that is Heaven, We Would Rather Go to Hell:' Contextualizing U.S.-Cuba Relations (2007). Societies Without Borders, Vol. 2, pp. 131-152, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1878125

Luis E. Rumbaut

Cuban American Alliance Education Fund

Washington, DC
United States

Rubén G. Rumbaut (Contact Author)

University of California, Irvine - Department of Sociology ( email )

3151 Social Sciences Plaza A
Irvine, CA 92697-5100
United States

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