Castro’s Challenge to Britain and the United States

When Fidel Castro formed an alliance with the Soviet Union in 1962, it sparked the Cuban missile crisis and became a defining incident of the Cold War. Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana predates the Cuban missile crisis, but the plot involves missile installations and seems to anticipate the events of 1962. In the real world, the British tolerated the Cuban revolutionaries. American politicians, for domestic reasons, could not. The British refused to join the American economic boycott of the Revolution. Did Britain help the Cuban Revolution to survive US antagonism?  

Jonathan Brown's book, Cuba's Revolutionary World was published by Harvard University Press in 2017. His other books include Oil and Revolution in Mexico (1993); and A Socioeconomic History of Argentina (1979). His articles have been translated into many languages including Chinese. With Alan Knight he edited The Mexican Petroleum Industry in the Twentieth Century (1992). With a UT Ph.D. in History, he has taught at UT History since 1983.  He is presently writing a book on the renegotiation of the Panama Canal Treaty.

Friday, September 7, 2018 at 2:45pm to 4:30pm

Harry Ransom Center (HRC), Tom Lea Rooms, 3.206
300 21ST ST W, Austin, Texas 78705

Event Type

Academics, Arts & Humanities, World & Culture


All Departments

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, General Public


Free and Open to the Public

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