Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution Notes

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Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution Notes

Fidel Castro The Untold Story (FULL Documentary) by Estela Bravo (2002):
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Theme 1: Origins and nature of authoritarian and single-party states

Theme 2: Establishment of authoritarian and single party states

Theme 3: Domestic policies

Theme 3:

Global Impact

*Rise to Power*


*Internal P-E-S*

*External P-E-S*

Topic 3: The Rise and the rule of single party states

  1. Evaluate the importance of ideology in the policies of two of the following rulers of single party states: Castro; Hitler; Lenin; Nyerere.

  2. Account for the rise to power and longevity of the rule of either Fidel Castro in Cuba or Julius Nyerere in Tanzania.

  3. Analyze the methods by which either Castro or Stalin maintained his position as ruler of a single party state.

  4. Account for the rise to power of one of the following: Castro; Mussolini; Nasser.

Topic 5: The Cold War

  1. Examine the impact of the Cold War on two countries (excluding the superpowers), each chosen from a different region.

  2. Excluding the superpowers, assess the role of two countries in the development of the Cold War after 1950.

  3. “The build up of missiles in Cuba in 1962 was a deliberate, provocative and unjustified action.” To what extent do you agree with this statement?

  4. Analyze the role of either Cuba or Vietnam in the development of the Cold War.

  5. “A different kind of Cold War.” To what extent is this a valid statement about the Cold War after 1953?

  6. Explain how East/West relations a) affected and b) how the were affected by one of the following areas: the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, Africa.

Paper 3: HOA

  1. Analyse the ideas, which influenced Latin American economic development during the nineteenth century and assess the results of this development.

  2. Define what the Monroe Doctrine was and analyse how it was applied in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. Support your answer with specific examples.

  3. Examine the literary trends that emerged between 1850 and 1914 in one of the following: the United States; Canada; Latin America.

  4. Examine the foreign policy of either Canada or one Latin American country between 1945 and 1979

  5. Assess the reasons for the long survival of Fidel Castro’s regime in Cuba.

  6. How did the Cold War change relations between the United States and either Latin America or Canada between 1953–1979?

  7. How far did the Cold War bring changes to either Latin America or Canada in their relations with the United States?

  8. “The containment policy of the United States had a negative impact on Latin America.” To what extent do you agree with this statement?

  9. To what extent was Castro able to achieve his aims between 1959 and 1990, and what prevented him from achieving more?

  10. Cuba, unlike other Latin American countries, has created a true social revolution.” How valid is this assessment of the impact of Castro’s regime upon Cuba?

  11. Why, and with what results, did Castro replace Batista as ruler of Cuba?

  12. Analyze the successes and failures of Castro’s social and economic policies in the period 1960-1990.

  13. Analyze the short-term and longer-term consequences for Cuba between 1959 and 1995 of Castro’s rule.

  14. For what reasons, and with what results for the economy of Cuba, did Castro become ruler of Cuba?

Additional Information: Fidel Castro Declassified (History Channel)

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