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A Political History of the Civil War in Angola, 1974-1990 - The East-South Relations Series (Paperback)
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A Political History of the Civil War in Angola, 1974-1990 - The East-South Relations Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 328 Pages / Published: 30/03/2011
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When Portugal's colonial rule in Angola ended in 1974, three liberation groups-UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola), FNLA (National Front for the Liberation of Angola), and MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola)-agreed to a tripartite movement for the fledgling nation. Conflicts quickly arose and the MPLA, with Cuban and Soviet assistance, drove its rivals from the capital, instigating a civil war, which continues into three periods (1975-1991, 1992-94, and 1998-2002). This volume covers the first period, focusing on the political history of the UNITA movement and its struggles with the MPLA. The Angolan civil war was the product of personal jealousies, contrasting ideologies, and ethnic animosities. From its inception, the conflict between UNITA and Angola's Marxist government was an international affair involving the U. S., the USSR, China, and many African states: W. Martin James III, who wrote his book near the close of the first period of civil war, contends that despite Gorbachev's "new thinking" and talk of peaceful solutions to regional conflicts, Soviet policy toward Angola marked a reversion to the Brezhnev Doctrine. The biggest MPLA-Cuban offenses occurred during Gorbachev's tenure with Soviet advisers at the brigade level directing an MPLA offensive. American policy toward Angola is also examined here. This is the first book to emphasize the dynamic role of UNITA in the Angolan liberation movement. James acknowledges that the importance of foreign powers in guaranteeing a government of national reconciliation. Just as important are strategies of compromise requiring trust in a political context where it is violated and submission for the common good where defiance is a remnant of the colonial past. Foreign policy analysts, African area specialists, and scholars of post-colonial history find this volume indispensible.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781412815062
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"[T]his book is primarily a descriptive account of Unita's (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) role in the conflict... [T]his somewhat journalistic account is a tidy resume of Unita's role in Angola's search for unity and the various foreign influences that contributed to Unita's ability to prevent the MPLA from establishing a stable political system."

--M. E. Doro, Choice


"[T]his book is primarily a descriptive account of Unita's (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) role in the conflict... [T]his somewhat journalistic account is a tidy resume of Unita's role in Angola's search for unity and the various foreign influences that contributed to Unita's ability to prevent the MPLA from establishing a stable political system."

--M. E. Doro, Choice


-[T]his book is primarily a descriptive account of Unita's (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) role in the conflict... [T]his somewhat journalistic account is a tidy resume of Unita's role in Angola's search for unity and the various foreign influences that contributed to Unita's ability to prevent the MPLA from establishing a stable political system.-

--M. E. Doro, Choice

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