Cuban Revolution Extended Essay

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Cuban Revolution Extended Essay

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"To what extent were Fidel Castro’s policies consistent to his pre-revolutionary goals?

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Introduction.

In 1959, Fidel Castro led a group of rebel forces to end and overthrow Fulgencio Batista’s regime in an effort to free the Cuban people from his tyrannous rule. For very many different political reasons this has been portrayed as an act of great injustice and hypocrisy in the modern world. A lot of this has of course been advocated primarily by the US due to the high level of political tension between the two nations that developed in the mid 1950s. Believing this conventional wisdom that Castro was simply an evil communist who oppressed his people and stripped them of their human rights is very dangerous because it makes it very easy to forget about all the positive aspects of his long reign. For example it is also very easy to forget that Castro’s struggle was in fact one towards freedom, independence and socialism as opposed to popular belief that it was more similar to the harsher and forceful Soviet Communism. This is why it is vital to stay critical and reflective when studying such a controversial topic like the Cuban revolution because there are in fact those who look at Castro as a divine saviour for having liberated the Cuban people from Batista’s tyrannous reign, and putting the small island back on the map. The main aim for this essay will be to determine why such a conventional wisdom has been formed about Cuba and Castro by comparing his pre-revolutionary goals and analysing how consistent they were to his post-revolutionary policies as well as by identifying some of the circumstances that might have led to these beliefs. By doing this it will be easier to come up with a conclusion about the validity of these assumptions and accusations about the Cuban leader. This essay will also attempt to maintain as high a degree of objectivity as possible and attempt to show no partisan alignment whatsoever. The policies that will...
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