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  •  i'm pretty sure che was a stalinist, (none)
    early on in the cuba phase.  he was not a trotskyist, but may have become a maoist.
    •  Don't know (none)
      enough about his specific ideological journey to say with any certainty.

      By the time he's running Cuba, though, he's clearly more influenced by Maoism than straight Stalinism. But even there, it's the most voluntarist elements of Maoism that attract him. Che really seems to have believed that it was possible to leap directly from underdeveloped, peripheral capitalism to an advanced communist society, passing through only a brief dictatorship of the proletariat phase.

      I think he left Cuba when he started to realize that wasn't happening. Then, of course, he fucks up in Congo, and then fucks up even more in Bolivia...

      •  Quick Question, litho (none)
        I'm a doctoral student- my dissertation research (still a few years down the road) will deal with Latin America- any recommendations on good resources for history and such?

        thanks---

        •  Boy, that's a tough one (none)
          I mean, any doctoral program is going to give you a solid grounding in methodology. Otherwise, there's just so much out there it's hard to know where to begin.

          If you want to write me an email with specifics about where you're at in grad school, and what kind of assistance you're looking for, I'll be glad to help.

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