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Vanguard of the RevolutionThe Global Idea of the Communist Party$
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A. James McAdams

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691196428

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691196428.001.0001

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The Charismatic Leader and the Party

The Charismatic Leader and the Party

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(p.310) Chapter 9 The Charismatic Leader and the Party
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Vanguard of the Revolution
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A. James McAdams

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691196428.003.0009

This chapter looks at how Fidel Castro's personal domination of the Cuban Communist Party (CCP) by the 1960s represented a clear break with the standard Soviet model of Leninist leadership. In contrast, it should be understood in terms of two factors. The first was Castro's agility as a guerrilla fighter in the 1950s and thereafter as Cuba's leader in tapping into nearly a century of popular frustration and anger at the failure of established organizations, and especially political parties, to meet the country's interests. The second factor was the successful propagation of a cult of “Fidel.” For this achievement, Castro owed much to his confederates and adulators.

Keywords:   Fidel Castro, Cuba, Cuban Communist Party, Leninist leadership, guerilla warfare, guerrilla fighter

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