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17:00 - 20:30 25 March 2015

'No es facil': everyday life in Cuban society during the "Special Period"


Lecture Theatre 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Prof Elizabeth Dore, University of Southampton / UCL-IA
Daliany Kersh, Roehampton University
Dr Stephen Wilkinson, Chairman, International Institute for the Study of Cuba
Dr Francisco Dominguez, Head of Centre for Latin American Studies, Middlesex

Following the nationalisation of US-owned industries and the enforcement of the trade embargo in 1960, Cuba became almost totally dependent on the USSR for financial solvency. The faltering and subsequent demise of the Soviet system into the 1990s signified the sudden loss of Cuba’s international economic trading network and the near collapse of its own economy. On 29 August 1990, the then President Fidel Castro formally announced the “Special Period in Times of Peace” in the national newspaper Granma. This signalled that the country was in dire straits and that drastic measures, even involving the opening of the economy, would be needed in order to salvage the Socialist system and maintain all the progress the revolution had hitherto achieved.

This 'No es Facil' Special Period seminar brings together a range of academics from different disciplines, all experts on Cuba, who will discuss the issues faced by ordinary Cuban citizens in the early 90s.


Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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