Duke University Press 2017


, by Margaret Randall

In her new book, Exporting Revolution, Margaret Randall explores the Cuban Revolution’s impact on the outside world, tracing Cuba’s international outreach in healthcare, disaster relief, education, literature, art, liberation struggles, and sports. Randall combines personal observations and interviews with literary analysis and examinations of political trends in order to understand what compels a small, poor, and underdeveloped country to offer its resources and expertise. Why has the Cuban healthcare system trained thousands of foreign doctors, offered free services, and responded to health crises around the globe? What drives Cuba’s international adult literacy programs? Why has Cuban poetry had an outsized influence in the Spanish speaking world? This multifaceted internationalism, Randall finds, is not only one of the Revolution’s most central features; it helped define Cuban society long before the Revolution.

"Cuba’s internationalist record since it gained independence is utterly without parallel, a record even more remarkable on the part of a small country under unremitting assault by the global superpower. This highly instructive account by a poet immersed in Cuban culture, and deeply familiar with Cuban society, raises critical issues that all should ponder, Americans in particular."—Noam Chomsky

"In Exporting Revolution, Randall turns Cold War dogma on its head, showing how the small and blockaded country of Cuba was able to marshal its resources and the remarkable solidarity of its people to offer disaster relief, medical care, and literacy classes in countries far beyond its borders. Randall’s deeply moving account gives us hope that an internationalism grounded in generosity could be an alternative to a global order ruled by economic and military might."—Sujatha Fernandes, Cuba Represent!: Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures