International conference 'The Platt Amendment and the History of Cuban-US
Relations in the 20th Century.'
On June 12, 1901, after several months of heated argument and negotiations,
the Cuban Constitutional Assembly accepted the demands imposed by the
Government of the United States and adopted the Platt Amendment as an
appendix to the Constitution of the Republic of Cuba. The antecedents,
consequences and projections of the Platt Amendment make it a factor of
utmost importance in the history of the relationship between Cuba and the
United States. For this reason, the centennial anniversary of the Platt
Amendment becomes an especially important time for reflection and scientific
debate regarding such an important process.
The Institute of Cuban History, cosponsored by the Center for Studies on the
United States (CESEU) of the University of Havana, the Office of the
Historian of the City of Havana, and the Higher Institute of Foreign Affairs
'RaÖl Roa' calls for the Scientific Conference 'The Platt Amendment and the
History of Cuban-US Relations in the 20th Century,' to be held in Havana in
June 11-13, 2001.
Sessions will deal on the following topics:
The first US intervention in Cuba and the planning and preparation of the
The intervention and Cuba's destiny: interests and alternatives in the
United States. Factors conditioning the Plattist formula. The Intervention
Government and the future of Cuban-US relations. Cuban resistance to the
Platt Amendment: political personalities and popular movements.
The Platt Amendment and its influence on the character and functioning of
the neocolonial Republic. The right to intervene and interfere and
sovereignty: the political system in the Cuban Republic. Economic and social
consequences of the Platt Amendment. US interference: its manifestations
between 1902 and 1934. Political leadership in the Republic, US arbitration
and the functioning of the neocolonial state. The Platt Amendment and the
perceptions on Cuba in the United States.
Anti-Plattism and anti-imperialism in the Cuban Republic. The independence
ideal and the resistance against the Platt Amendment. The struggle against
interventionism and US penetration in the Cuban Republic: movements and
personalities. The ideological sources of Cuban anti-imperialism.
Anti-imperialism and solidarity with the Cuban struggle within the United
Influences of the Platt Amendment: sense and projections of the Cuban-US
relations to the end of the 20th century. Abrogation of the Amendment: its
significance for Cuban-US relations; scope and limits of sovereignty. US
control mechanisms in Cuba after the Amendment. Cuban rulers and the US
between 1934 and 1958: a new focus in the relationship? Cuban-US dispute and
contradictions after the Revolution in 1959: survival and projections of
The Platt Amendment and the US policy in Latin America and the Caribbean. US
policy towards Cuba and Panamericanism. The Platt Amendment, the right to
intervene and US expansion in the Caribbean: from the Big Stick to the Good
Neighbor. Movements against US interventionism. New hegemonic formulas
derived from the Good Neighbor Policy. Influence of the Cuban Revolution on
the relationship between the United States and Latin America.
The scientific program includes lectures, panels and papers.
Registration fee is $75.00 USD. Companions and students will pay $35.00 USD.
This payment includes registration fee, the right to participate in the
sessions, coffee brakes, a snack each day and all the documentation of the
Travel to Cuba could be arranged through any tour agency that usually
organizes tours and travels to Cuba. The Organizing Committee suggests to
Agencia de Turismo Cient╠fico MERCADU S.A
Telf: (537) 33-3028
The Organizing Committee also suggests the following hotels, close to the
venue of the Conference:
Hotel Inglaterra FAX (537) 338254
Hotel Deuville FAX (537) 338148
Hotel Parque Central FAX (537) 666630
Hotel Plaza FAX (537) 608869
Hostal Valencia FAX (537) 335628
Hostal Comendador FAX (537) 335628
Hotel Ambos Mundos FAX (537) 669532
Hotel Florida FAX (537) 669730
Accommodation in these hotels could also be better arranged through the
Any additional information, as well as for registration and papers, contact:
Dr. Oscar Zanetti Lecuona
Lic. Amparo HernĚndez Denis
Comit╚ Organizador. Conferencia Enmienda Platt
Instituto de Historia de Cuba
Amistad No. 510, Ciudad de La Habana
TELEFAX:(537)613545 TELF:(537)623103 / 630465 / 622070 / 622076
Dr. Carlos Alzugaray,
Vicerrector de Investigaciones a.i.
Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales,
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores,
Calle 22 No. 111,
Habana 11300, Cuba.
Tel╚fonos: (53-7) 22-2571 al 73 y 22-3593
Fax: (53-7) 29-0683
Tel╚fono privado: (53-7) 32-7389
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