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.
|Title of host publication||Cuba's Forgotten Decade|
|Subtitle of host publication||How the 1970s Shaped the Revolution|
|Editors||Emily J Kirk, Anna Clayfield, Isabel Story|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Aug 2018|
|Name||Lexington Series on Cuba|
Bain, M. J. (2018). Havana and Moscow in the 1970s; ‘sovietization’ in an era of détente. In E. J. Kirk, A. Clayfield, & I. Story (Eds.), Cuba's Forgotten Decade: How the 1970s Shaped the Revolution (pp. 23-40). (Lexington Series on Cuba). Lexington Books.