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Evaluate Ernesto "Ché" Guevara's impact on the success of the Cuban Revolution.

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Ahmed Ismail December 8, 2003 A Plan of the Investigation The scope of this investigation is to evaluate Ernesto "Ch�" Guevara's impact on the success of the Cuban Revolution. Emphasis will be placed on Guevara's influential relationship with Fidel Castro and how he contributed to the downfall of the Batista regime. In order to carry out this investigation a number of different sources will be utilized. Firstly, a source solely describing Guevara's life and secondly a number of sources critiquing his influence on the Cuban revolutionary scene. The plan is to include in B, the summary of evidence, the following: 1. Background to the Cuban political climate prior to the revolution 2. Guevara's life and career before his involvement in the Cuban Revolution 3. Guevara's activities and how his relationship developed with Fidel Castro 4. Guevara's role in the 26th of July Movement and involvement in the invasion of Havana The two main sources used will be evaluated in C, the findings and results of the investigation will be discussed in D, and the conclusion reached will be stated in E. B Summary of Evidence 1. Background to the Cuban political climate prior to the revolution Prior to any revolutionary activity in Cuba, the state had been ruled by the pro-U.S. ...read more.

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The source was compiled also using unpublished documents, including Ch�'s personal diaries. The purpose of the book would seem to be to create a portrait of a "largely unexplored historical figure." (Anderson 4) Being released almost a decade after the end of the Cold War and almost three decades after the death of the man himself, the book seems a highly honest and well-researched account of Guevara's life. It is widely acknowledged to be one of the most valuable sources available on Ch� Guevara, and has helped to clear the details that were not provided in other sources (New York Times quote on back cover). Even though the book deals with Guevara's life in its entirety, its value to this investigation is very important as without it, the focus of the investigation could not be addressed. The book provides crucial details that clarify the exact nature of Guevara's impact, role, and relationship with the other rebels during the revolutionary war. A limitation of the book to the investigation is that it does not provide an overview of the events; however, this limitation was overcome by using other simpler sources. Another limitation to the credibility of the source itself could be that Anderson appears as a supporter of Guevara and his cause and as a result could be not providing a balanced view. ...read more.

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This clearly important involvement coupled with his consistent display of 'heart' would undeniably make him a significant contributor to the revolution. Perhaps it would be too adventurous to state that the movement would have failed without him, however, it is certainly safe to say that he was a prominent and influential figure. E Conclusion Ch� Guevara's importance and relevance in the Cuban Revolution was crucial. He provided a type of leadership which was lacking in Latin American movements of the sort. His style of leading by example and self-sacrifice was not even present in the likes of Fidel himself or his brother. This contribution undoubtedly makes him a unique addition to the forces and was important in controlling the revolution, making sure that it served its initial aims. His close relationship as friend and confidante of Castro was also important in the leanings of the tactics to guerrilla warfare and even more so after the war would end. Word Count: 1,989 F List of Sources Anderson, Jon Lee. Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life. The Bantam Press. Great Britain. (c)1997. Kellner, Douglas. Ernesto "Ch�" Guevara. Chelsea House Publishers. United States of America. (c)1989. Sierra, Jerry A. "The Timetable History of Cuba: Batista". 10 Oct. 2003 <http://www.historyofcuba.com/history/batista.htm>. Su�rez, Andr�s. Cuba: Castroism and Communism, 1959 - 1966. The M.I.T. Press. United States of America. (c)1969. -1- ...read more.

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