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Batista Leads a Successful Coup in Cuba

Fulgencio Batista worked his way up through the Cuban army ranks before participating in a coup to oust the Céspedes government and install Ramón Grau as president in 1933. Just months later, however, Batista forced Grau's resignation and became Cuba's de facto ruler. After a period of exile beginning in 1944, Batista returned to Cuba and led a coup to seize power. His second term as president was marked by brutal repression, which sparked several uprisings, including one led by whom?



Stockholm Syndrome

Stockholm syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages begin to identify with and grow sympathetic toward their captors. Its name comes from a 1973 bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden, after which hostages expressed positive feelings toward their captor, despite having been held for 131 hours in a vault. The syndrome received widespread media attention not long after, when well-known kidnap victim Patty Hearst helped her captors rob a bank. What is Lima Syndrome?

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Alexander III of Russia

Alexander III was tsar of Russia from 1881 until his death in 1894. As ruler, he sought to counteract what he considered the excessive liberalism of his father's reign and pursued a reactionary policy that promoted Russification and the persecution of religious minorities. Still, economic policy during Alexander's rule enabled rapid industrial development and allowed Russia to begin building the Trans-Siberian Railroad. To which of Alexander's relatives was his wife, Dagmar, originally engaged?

Last updated on Monday, 10th March 2014

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