Havana and Moscow in the 1970s; ‘sovietization’ in an era of détente

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The 1970s is traditionally perceived as being a decade during which the Cuban Revolution began to resemble more the Soviet Union due to a process of institutionalization or ‘sovietization,’ with this occurring as superpower tension receded. Moreover, after Cuban and Soviet action in Africa, the 1970s marks the highpoint of the superclient/surrogate thesis in Cuban foreign policy; simply Havana was at the behest of the Kremlin. However, this chapter will argue that a very different process was occurring which resulted in Havana and Moscow being more of equal partners in the bilateral relationship. This has resonance for contemporary Cuban-Russian relations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCuba's Forgotten Decade
Subtitle of host publicationHow the 1970s Shaped the Revolution
EditorsEmily J Kirk, Anna Clayfield, Isabel Story
PublisherLexington Books
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)978-1-4985-6873-9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameLexington Series on Cuba


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