Bridging the rift: The Cuban Revolution and the agrarian question in Marxism
LE3 .A278 2014
Master of Arts
This study aims to determine the relevance of the Cuban Revolution to thought and practice on agriculture in Marxism by applying historical materialist analysis to the existing body of literature on the agrarian question and the agrarian dimensions of the Cuban Revolution. It is argued that an alternative approach to socialist agriculture developed following the Cuban Revolution, particularly following the onset of the Special Period. This alternative approach to socialist agriculture combines the principles of socialist planned agriculture with: adoption of agroecological production; emphasis on interlocking, co-operative forms of production; a world leading effort in urban agriculture; a strong role for peasant farmers in national production. In conclusion, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that such an approach to socialist agriculture holds great potential for achieving the goals of socialist development, contributing to development of the productive forces in agriculture and socialist human development through agricultural labour.
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