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By K. Artaraz

ISBN-10: 0230603017

ISBN-13: 9780230603011

This booklet explores the connection among the Cuban Revolution and Western intellectuals and activists throughout the early days of the Revolution within the Nineteen Sixties. examining the situations of France, Britain and the USA, it files the increase and fall of the non-public and highbrow charm that constructed among a brand new new release of devoted intellectuals and the Revolution. This demanding situations dominant scholarly perspectives concerning the early improvement of the Cuban Revolution and offers the development blocks for a renewed figuring out of the Revolution that's appropriate to present political and ideological transitions happening within the island.

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Writing in the late 1960s, Enzensberger (1976) doubted whether a real Communist Party would ever exist in Cuba since it did not produce party congresses or a formal program of government at that time. Cuba would have to wait until 1975 to witness the first Party Congress in a move toward institutionalization that fit with the dominant discourse of the times. The generational and ideological overhaul that broke the ideological dependency on the Soviet Union traditionally shown by the PSP was reinforced by a series of blows to former members of this party.

However, its first editorial clearly stated that Lunes did not have a previous politicophilosophical position (Editorial, 1959a: 2), not surprising as one of its features was its lack of a fixed editorial team. Instead, it was organized loosely around key figures such as Carlos Franqui, Virgilio Piñera, Pablo Armando Fernández, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, José Antonio Baragaño, Antón Arrufat, Oscar Hurtado, and Humberto Arenal. This informal structure was similar to that of other international intellectual currents at Cuba 35 the time, notably the British New Left, which gathered around a London coffeehouse, The Partisan.

Their initial course, a “Soviet” interpretation of Marxism or DIAMAT, was soon dropped for “History of Marxist Thought”—a fully developed course that was up and running by the 1965–1966 academic year. The class included a wide selection of original writings by a young Marx, Lenin, and Lukacs as well as contemporaries such as Althusser, Sweezy, and Lowy. 29 More importantly, this group differed widely from the EIRs because they clearly favored a historical approach to the study of Marxism rather than a logico-deductive one.

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