Antoni Kapcia is Professor of Latin American History at the University of Nottingham, UK. His is the author of Cuban Revolution: The Unseen Story (2014); Cuba in Revolution: A History since the Fifties (2008); Havana: The Making of Cuban Culture (2005); and Cuba: Island of Dreams (2000).
As with all the work that Antoni Kapcia has produced on Cuba A Short History of the Cuban Revolution. Revolution, Power, Authority and the State is excellent, superbly researched and highly nuanced in its approach. Kapcia both charts Cuban history from the colonial period, while also addressing the enduring nature of the Cuban Revolution. In doing this Kapcia contests many long-held assumptions concerning the Cuban Revolution and expertly examines the myriad of actors within the Cuban decision-making process with its vertical structures of power, participation and governance and horizontal processes of negotiation and consultation. Kapcia also examines the evolution of the word revolution within Cuba and its significance for Cuban history since January 1959. In sum, this work is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Cuba. * Mervyn Bain, Professor of International Relations, University of Aberdeen, UK *