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"If That Is Heaven, We Would Rather Go to Hell": Contextualizing US–Cuba Relations "Si nous sommes en paradis, nous irions plutôt à l'enfer": mettant dans un cadre des Relations d'Etats-Unis–Cuba "Si así es el cielo, preferimos el in erno": contextualizando las relaciones EUA–Cuba

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The history of Cuba is one of conquest and rebellion. Since the arrival of Columbus, it has had two colonial masters: Spain and the United States. Spain, after the collapse of its empire, ceased to be a threat to the peoples of America. Now, the Spanish are among the principal investors in Cuba, and make up a high percentage of tourists to the island. The United States, engaged in empire-building as sole superpower and continuing to pursue a half-century-old policy of regime change in Cuba, is still seen by the Cubans as the greatest threat to their independence and sovereignty. This article reviews the history of relations between the two countries, seeking to contextualize their social origins and political evolution, concluding that an improvement in relations is unlikely absent a profound change in the political economy of either country, or of both, a change that could occur internally or be caused by external factors. L'histoire du Cuba est une de la conquête et de la rébellion. Depuis l'arrivée de Columbus, elle a deux maîtres coloniaux: L'Espagne et les Etats-Unis. L'Espagne, après que la chute de son empire, cessé d'être une menace aux peuples de l'Amérique. Dès maintenant, les Espagnols sont parmi les principaux investisseurs au Cuba, et font grande partie des touristes à l'île. Les Etats-Unis s'occupent dans le bâtiment d'empire en tant que seule superpuissance et continuent à poursuivre une politique des années cinquantes de changement de régime du Cuba et donc, est encore vue par les Cubains comme la plus grande menace pour leur indépendance et leur souveraineté. Cet article passe en revue l'histoire des relations entre les deux pays, cherchant à mettre dans un contexte leurs origins sociales et évolution politique. Il nit en disant qu'une amélioration des relations est peu probable sans un changement profond de l'économie politique du pays, ou de celle des deux, un changement qui pourrait se produire intérieurement ou être provoqué par des facteurs externes. La historia de Cuba es una de conquista y rebelión. Desde la llegada de Colón Cuba ha tenido dos dueños coloniales: España y Estados Unidos. España, después del colapso de su imperio, dejó de ser amenaza para los países de América. Ahora los españoles guran entre los principales inversionistas en Cuba, y representan un alto porcentaje de los turistas a la isla. Estados Unidos, empeñado en construir un imperio como única superpotencia, es visto todavía por los cubanos como la mayor amenaza a su independencia y soberanía. Este artículo repasa la historia de las relaciones entre los dos países, buscando contextualizar sus orígenes sociales y evolución política, concluyendo que una mejora en las relaciones no es probable sin mediar un cambio profundo en la economía política de uno u otro país o de ambos, cambio que podría dares por causales internos o externos.

Affiliations: 1: Cuban American Alliance Education Fund, Washington, DC, USA; 2: University of Californian, Irvine, California, USA

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2016-12-04

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