Post world war II Cuba: survey of political, economic and social trends, 1944-1951.
Golod, Ervin H
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Following four hundred years of Spanish rule, the political scene for the first twenty-five years of the Republic saw the Liberal and Conservative Parties battle for political power. But no matter which party was in power, the corruption and graft remained. Within these years, Cuba also witnessed her largest economic boom followed by her severest depression from which she did not recover until the 1940s. [TRUNCATED] The major social developments have been the granting of labor's wage and job security demands by the government to maintain their political support at the expense of higher production costs. Educationally, the country has retrogressed as evidenced by decreasing enrollments and lack of educational opportunities, especially in the rural areas and on the higher levels of education. It Cuba is to have a dynamic society, capable of meeting the complexities of economic development, her educational system and opportunities will have to be improved. In general, the instabilities that existed in Cuba before World War II have not been decreased by the prosperity of this period, but in some ways have become intensified, as evidenced by the increasing importance of the sugar industry in the economic welfare of the island. [TRUNCATED]
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