The overall objective of this study is to offer new insights into the contemporary problems associated with dependency, development and underdevelopment by examining these phenomena in the context of Cuba's capitalist and socialist development. This book documents the history of the attempts by a small island nation to survive and gain respectability within an everchanging international political economy. Professor Ruffin presents a detailed account of the social, political and economic forces affecting Cuba's prospects for development under both capitalism and socialism. Part one of the study focuses on Cuba's historical association with capitalism and the relationship that Cuba established with the United States. Part two delineates the nature of Cuba-Soviet relations and deals exclusively with the question of socialist dependency.