Cuban Revolution: Success or Failure? Essay example

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Cuban Revolution: Success or Failure?

A revolution is known as being an activity or movement designed to effect fundamental changes in the socioeconomic situation. Cuba during the decade of the 1950's experienced this type of rebellion in search for an enhanced and better-developed society, independent of all outside domination. Cuban citizens were at a point where they needed to be free and be able to enforce the constitution established in 1940, which included amendments stating that Cuba should be a "democratic republic…shall not conclude or ratify pacts or treaties that in any form limit or menace national sovereignty or the integrity of the territory," and such. I chose this topic because there has been so much controversy
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Fidel Castro achieved his purpose in terms of the revolution but whether or not it was a success is still in question. One opinion, from one of Castro's allies in the revolution, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, was that it was going to be a success for several reasons. The revolution portrayed that "popular forces are capable of triumphing over the army, and it is not necessary to wait for all of the right conditions to be favorable to the revolution to appear…" (Trento) Castro and his fellow "guerrilleros" were a significantly smaller group than the army, but their desire for transformation made them so much stronger. Also, without any international help, it would seem like they would not be able to win this battle, but they did. As it is known, "it is not quantity but quality that matters." On the downside, Castro turned Cuba into a communist society, with the Soviet Union's help. In 1976 a new constitution was developed. In a way this act seemed hypocritical because the rebels had clearly stated that they wanted Cuba, under Batista's regime to abide by the 1940 constitution. Castro later said that the 1940 constitution was "too old and outdated…that constitution, has been left behind by this revolution" (Perez). Nevertheless, this new constitution stated that, "Cuba is

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