This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

It Was Inevitable That Cuba Would Experience A Revolution. Castro Merely Exploited This Opportunity. To Which Extent Castro Was Responsible For The Cuban Revolution.

1386 words - 6 pages

It was inevitable that Cuba would experience a revolution. Castro merely exploited this opportunity. To which extent Castro was responsible for the Cuban revolution.Fidel Castro, throughout the Cuban revolution, and until today, is one of the greatest influences concerning Cuba, economically and socially. His contribution and leadership throughout the Cuban revolution, along with his commander in chief, Che Guevara, were the right and left rails guiding the train of revolution within Cuba. I will be arguing against the point conveyed concerning Castro exploiting the revolution as a means of opportunity. A case of with or without Castro does not exist, only the sheer commonality that without Castro, Cuba would till today, be occupied by the capitalistic and corrupted puppets deployed by the U.S."In 1953, Cuba was a corrupt country with a vastly unfair distribution of wealth. Since it's U.S aided 'liberation' from Spain in 1902 (and the induction of a constitution that gave the USA the right to change the Cuban government if it saw fit) a series of leaders had pushed the island deeper and deeper into a whirlpool of institutionalized corruption."(Alex Leith, 'la revolucio'n starts here', BBC History Magazine (July, 2003), pp.12-16). Fidel Castro did not "exploit" the trial and tribulation of the Cuban populace post-revolution. Castro took the reigns of oppression and tamed the beast with compassion towards his people, and an undying will to see Cuba a better place. The word exploit means to use to one's advantage as according to the site dictionary.com and the oxford dictionary. (Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) ,http://dictionary.die.net/exploit ). Castro did not use the revolution to his advantage, he would suffer no personal gain in leading a revolution against Batista, Castro instead seeked to rise up against the oligarchy of Batista and overthrow American influence in Cuba. "26, July 1953 central Santiago, Eastern Cuba." "They are rookie civilian activists who want a return to democracy after Batista's military coup a year before. There are clerks, mechanics, and oyster seller a handful of students." "Most have recently learned to fire a gun and are armed with nothing more powerful than a .22 hunting rifle. All but a handful have only just learnt the details of their mission: some thought they were going to Santiago for shooting practice. ( Alex Leith. Et all. ). This extract details to the reader how ill prepared Castro and his crew was when he attacked Moncada Barracks on July 26th. Castro barely had trained soldiers, failed to organise a proper attack, limited resources and was facing the far superior fighting force employed by Batista at the Barracks. Castro knew he would ultimately be going to his death. The interpretation of Castro's actions is that he knew a victory at Moncada could not be won. Castro knew his demise was imminent thus sought to spark an internal revolution within the people first and then ultimately create...

Find Another Essay On It was inevitable that Cuba would experience a revolution. Castro merely exploited this opportunity. To which extent Castro was responsible for the Cuban revolution.

To what extent do you agree that it was defeat in the war which was the real factor of the Russian revolution ?

632 words - 3 pages situation was made worse by huge supply problems. Tsarina accompanied by Rasputin has run the country very badly and caused the reduction of Tsar's prestige. Even the person of the Tsar was very unfavorable for the monarchy. He was very indecisive and weak but his greatest mistake was that he didn't want to abandon autocracy and modernize Russian political system. The political system remained outdated still autocratic, very repressive and severely corrupted. Looking at this situation one can say that the revolution was unavoidable nevertheless the author believes that without the war, which had a devastating impact on Russia, the monarchy wouldn't have fallen in 1917.

The role of Che Guevara in the cuban revolution. Description and analysis of Che Guevara (the legendary guerilla fighter) who helped Fidel Castro take over power in Cuba

917 words - 4 pages ideologies helped shape the regimes communist approach which was successful in transforming the Cuban society and economy.Thus it is evident that Che Guevara played a pivotal role in the Cuban revolution. Guevara was a key personality who impacted upon the success of the revolution due to his tactical genius, experience in guerrilla warfare, leadership and training of the guerrilla force and his socialist ideologies. Guevara's contribution enabled the revolutionary movement's seizure of power in 1959 as well as the Castro regimes radicalisation of Cuban society and economy.

Fidel Castro and Cuba

765 words - 3 pages get a fair trial in court. Fidel and his brother Raul Castro were sentenced to 15 years in prison but that didn’t stop people from looking at him like a hero. This attack affected the people of Cuba. It opened the eyes of the Cuban population; they knew something had to be done about Batista and Castro was the one to take the first steps. "Moncada was a wake-up call to the Cuban people," (Professor Marifeli Pérez Stable www.cubahistory.org

Fidel Castro, the Cuban people’s Leader

2338 words - 9 pages trading with Cuba. The Cuban embargo has existed for more than forty years. It is a ban, between Cuba and the United States, on all trade with Cuba as well as all tourist involvement. This ban also puts pressure on other countries trading with Cuba because the US puts restrictions on the amount of trading that country can have with the US. The United Nations believes it is time for the US to end this skirmish with Castro and allow trade with Cuba

Why was it inevitable that there would be a second world war, even though measures were set in place to avoid this?

1330 words - 6 pages Germany should accept responsibility for the war; of course Germany was humiliated by this. They were required to pay colossal war reparation payments. This was one of the main reasons the treaty had a severe impact on Germany; it crippled the German economy and critically reduced the living standards of the people. This made it virtually impossible for the German economy to function productively. The effects that the treaty had on Germany directly

Why was it inevitable that there would be a second world war, even though measures were set in place to avoid this?

1785 words - 8 pages Although measures were set in place to avoid a second world war, many things caused it to be inevitable. The Treaty of Versailles, the rise of Hitler, the rise of Japan as a world power, the rise of fascism in Italy and the League of Nations were all factors which contributed to the cause of World War II. The Treaty of Versailles was a peace settlement between Germany and the Allied Powers that officially ended World War I. However, the

To what extent was the vision of Cambodia underpinned by the ideal of a class based revolution and to what extent was it based on nationalist xenophobia?

2303 words - 9 pages organization. This would explain why "the revolution was not class based; it was Khmer-chauvinistic totalitarianism aimed at purifying Khmer ethnicity" as Kiernan points out as racist actions were conducted at all levels from "non-Khmer Cambodians with extensive revolutionary experience and CPK seniority" to "non-Khmers, who comprised a significant part of the supposedly favored segment of the peasantry." This shows that the regime was 'Khmer-centric

The American Revolution Was a Real Revolution

829 words - 3 pages troops began to take place. Not everyone favored the revolutionary movement; this was especially true in areas of mixed cultures and in those that were untouched by the war. The citizens of the middle colonies were especially unenthusiastic about the revolution. Among those that did support a change, not everyone that joined the movement favored violence. Quakers and members of other religions, as well as many merchants from the middle

Was The Renaissance a Revolution?

1421 words - 6 pages The Renaissance is recognized as the rebirth of many studies manly found in Europe. It was a revival and rediscovery of arts and literature, the emergence of new scientific theories, philosophers, beginning of unfamiliar religions and writers who had the power to change future societies. I believe that the Renaissance in Europe was a revolution represented by the many great thinkers and artists who were able to make this time period significant

The Cuban Revolution and the Triumph of Women in Cuba

2994 words - 12 pages Havana for training. One of the rural areas focused upon by the program was Escambray in central Cuba. This was a deliberate selection because there was the beginning of a peasant counterrevolution in the region and Castro saw the opportunity to quiet the uprising by getting young women of the region into the heart of the revolution in Havana. The young women who attended the schools, nicknamed Anitas, were examined by doctors upon their

It was an Uprising- A Revolution in the Least

1316 words - 6 pages in their favor, and wanted to keep it that way, which is why they created the ILGWU- the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and the WSPU- Women’s Social and Political Union to make sure any unfairness in the workforce was settled fairly. These two labor unions would become big supporters and leaders in the future of women’s suffrage, but at the time they had bigger issues. Clara Lemlich and the National Women’s Trade Union League of

Similar Essays

Reaction To Castro Announces The Revolution

702 words - 3 pages mothers of Cuba that I will resolve all problems without shedding a drop of blood.” (342) Up until this point in time, Castro was surrounded by blood shed. There was plenty of blood shed during the revolution and after Castro was in control of Cuba, his brother, Raul Castro, and Che Guevara “oversaw the rounding up and executions of roughly 160 Batista officers” (Sweig 39). It is hard for me to comprehend how Castro could feel that these

To What Extent Was Louis Xvi Responsible For The Revolution In France From 1789 To 1792?

1242 words - 5 pages that led up to the French Revolution, this essay aims at evaluating the extent King Louis XVI was responsible for the event. Although he was responsible in some aspects, such as his ignorance towards the discontent of the Third Estate, King Louis cannot be held fully responsible for the French Revolution.Many long-term and short-term causes led up to the French Revolution; we will now look at some of the main ones to better understand Louis XVI

The French Revolution To What Extent Was Louis Xvi Responsible For The Revolution In France From 1789 To 1792?

1112 words - 4 pages In 1789, France was under a revolution. It was ruled by absolute monarchy for centuries. Unfairness between Estates started to frustrate the people at the bottom of France. The French government was 4000 million livers in debt (Christopher Hibbert 1980 p.14). Besides the partial blames that Louis XVI deserved, the situation was quite out of his control. There were many other reasons that lead to this revolution and every single problem was

Fidel Castro, A Cuban Tyrant Essay

643 words - 3 pages In the 1950s, a ruthless tyrant took over the power of a once free nation in Cuba. This tyrant is called Fidel Castro. Castro separated families, destroyed Cuba’s economic prosperity, and denounced religion and the religious rights of his people. He imprisoned, tortured, and killed thousands of Cubans that stood up against him. However, those that weren’t killed were forced to leave the country and to never return. Due to the vicious and savage