The Death Between The Future And The Past

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'A struggle to the death between the future and the past ' (Castro). How apt do you find this definition of revolution

‘A struggle to the death between the future and the past’ a quote by Fidel Castro on the second anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, 5th of January 1961, a view similar to that of other revolutionary leads for example Napoleon Bonaparte who said ‘A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets’. Both these quotes draw on the idea of violence being at the heart of a revolution, this however is only the opinion of two people. A revolution has not one definition as every revolution is different but there are certain characteristics, which underpin many revolutions, such as bottom up (start with people from the lower classes protesting), usually violent, sudden and dramatic and something which is historically significant in its outcomes. In this essay, I am going to look in further detail at the aptness of the quote by Fidel Castro in terms of defining a revolution from the case of the Mexican Revolution, and parts of the Cuban Revolution. The Mexican revolution began in 1910, with the overthrow of Porfirio Diaz, who had been in power for 35 years, and continued until 1920, with many changes of the presidents. Diaz advanced the Mexican infrastructure, in terms of the bringing in railway lines across the country, and also helped with commercial agriculture. Diaz gave the Supreme Court no power, elections were rigged, and he was know for brutal executions,
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