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Sugar and Railroads : A Cuban History, 1837-1959 - Mary Todd

Sugar and Railroads

A Cuban History, 1837-1959

By: Mary Todd (Translator)

Paperback Published: 31st July 1998
ISBN: 9780807846926
Number Of Pages: 528

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Though Cuba was among the first countries in the world to utilize rail transport, the history of its railroads has been little studied. This English translation of the prize-winning "Caminos para el azucar" traces the story of railroads in Cuba from their introduction in the nineteenth century through the 1959 Revolution.

More broadly, the book uses the development of the Cuban rail transport system to provide a fascinating perspective on Cuban history, particularly the story of its predominant agro-industry, sugar. While railroads facilitated the sugar industry's rapid growth after 1837, the authors argue, sugar interests determined where railroads would be built and who would benefit from them. Zanetti and Garc'a explore the implications of this symbiotic relationship for the technological development of the railroads, the economic evolution of Cuba, and the lives of the railroad workers.

As this work shows, the economic benefits that accompanied the rise of railroads in Europe and the United States were not repeated in Cuba. "Sugar and Railroads" provides a poignant demonstration of the fact that technological progress alone is far from sufficient for development.

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�This book� will provide the English reading public with a taste of Cuban historical writing at its best."Latin American Research Review" A very important study, opening our eyes to the complexity of Cuban economic history."Latin American Studies" [This book] will provide the English reading public with a taste of Cuban historical writing at its best."Latin American Research Review" Breathes new life into a topic that has been relatively difficult to study outside of Cuba."Colonial Latin American Historical Review" "A very important study, opening our eyes to the complexity of Cuban economic history."Latin American Studies"" An example of work to which the North American scholarly community has had too little access. "The Historian" A brilliantly researched and well-argued book."Journal of American History"

Illustrationsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Prefacep. xix
The Problems of Transportationp. 1
The G├╝ines Railroadp. 18
The Initial Expansion, 1838-1852p. 39
The Island Railroad Networkp. 78
Human Dimensions of Cuban Railroadsp. 105
Relative Stagnationp. 125
The Impact of Structural Changesp. 146
Denationalizationp. 166
U.S. Interventionp. 194
The Ferrocarril Central and Imperialist Interestsp. 210
British Monopoly in the Westp. 235
War, Sugar, and Railroadsp. 256
U.S. Monopolies and the Tarafa Billp. 275
Organization of the Railroad Proletariatp. 297
The Crisisp. 322
Temporary Recoveryp. 348
In the Shadow of the Bourgeois Statep. 370
Conclusionp. 401
Notesp. 411
Sourcesp. 475
Indexp. 483
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ISBN: 9780807846926
ISBN-10: 0807846929
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 31st July 1998
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.88 x 22.86  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Type: New edition

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