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The U.S. State Department Central Files are the definitive source of American diplomatic reporting on political, military, social, and economic developments throughout the world in the 20th century. Concentrating exclusively on those Central Files that have not been microfilmed by the National Archives or other publishers, UPA's microfilm editions of the Central Files nonetheless dwarf the State Department's very selective volumes of the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS). Containing less than one percent of the material in the Central Files, FRUS focuses on U.S. relations with individual countries but does not include coverage of many of the key topics to which the majority of the original files are devoted. Each part of the Central Files contains a wide range of materials from U.S. diplomats in foreign countries: special reports on political and military affairs; studies and statistics on socioeconomic matters; interviews and minutes of meetings with foreign government officials; court proceedings and other legal documents; full texts of important letters, instructions, and cables sent and received by U.S. diplomatic personnel; voluminous reports and translations from foreign journals and newspapers; and countless translations of high-level foreign government documents. This collection comprises the complete U.S. State Department Central Files on Cuba for the years 1945-1959. These years witnessed the harshness and corruption of the Batista regime, the rise of the small but determined Communist party, and the slide toward social and economic stagnation that would lead in 1959 to revolution and the victory of Fidel Castro's rebel troops. Researchers and historians interested in Caribbean and Central American affairs in the postwar period will find this collection of diplomatic reports on Cuba for the years 1945-1959 particularly rich in detail, opening research opportunities in the areas of Cuban politics, economics, opposition groups, communism, and relations with the United States and the nations in the Caribbean basin.
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