Antoni Kapcia


On his book Cuba in Revolution: A History Since the Fifties

Cover Interview of March 30, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Why the Cuban Revolution managed to survive against all the odds.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“I have gone away from the common tendency to present the Revolution’s trajectory as a series of often unrelated ‘phases’, a confusing zigzag experience of contradictory changes.  The Revolution is confusing–but there is a pattern.”

On the second:

“The only way of explaining the Revolution’s survival is to look at those reserves of loyalty built up over the years and then sustained–in enough Cubans for enough of the time–in order to resist external pressures, economic hardship, and repeated frustrations and even failures.”