How Fidel Castro changed Cuba: a small island at the centre of the world

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Late on November 25 2016, it was announced that one of the last remaining iconic political figures of the 20th century, Fidel Castro Ruz, had died. Castro had played a less prominent role in the Cuban political system since 2006, when his health began to deteriorate, but his legacy, both within Cuba and internationally, is hard to overestimate.

This is the man who led a small band of guerrilla fighters to power in the late 1950s, outlasted nine US presidents and ended up at the centre of the most dangerous moment in the Cold War. He even holds the record for the longest speech at the United Nations. In short, he brought a small Caribbean island to the centre of world politics.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2016

Bibliographical note

Mervyn Bain receives funding from Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland


  • Cuba
  • Raul Castro
  • Fidel Castro
  • US-Cuba relations


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