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The origins of the Angolan civil war : foreign intervention and domestic political conflict /
Fernando Andresen Guimarães.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
xv, 250 p.
0312175124 (cloth)
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
0312175124 (cloth)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Fernando Andresen Guimaraes obtained his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is currently with the Permanent Mission of Portugal to the United Nations in New York
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-09-01:
This well-crafted study argues that the 1975-76 Angolan civil war was primarily the product of indigenous conflict among three local political forces: the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the Angolan National Liberation Front (FNLA), and the National Union for the Complete Independence of Angola (UNITA). The three leaders who came to dominate each movement were all motivated chiefly by the simple desire to rule. Each made ideological appeals based more on expediency than conviction and cultivated ethnoregional constituencies while claiming to speak on behalf of the nation. The leaders all exploited ethnicity in their political conflicts, though "the latter do not emerge solely from the differences between ethnic groups." The second half of the volume explores the subthesis that a variety of external actors--Cuba, China, South Africa, Zaire, and the superpowers--merely exacerbated the conflict through intervention. As for the superpowers, "their motivations for intervening were less the result of particularist interests than the product of the wider context of their global rivalry." Although Guimar^D aes mostly echoes the arguments of John A. Marcum and David L. Bender, he does employ many newly available sources to document his case. The study is a useful corrective for anyone who continues to perceive ideology to be at the root of the Angolan conflict. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. J. F. Clark Florida International University
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"Well-crafted . . . GuimarÃes employs many newly available sources to document his case." --Choice
"Well-crafted . . . Guimar es employs many newly available sources to document his case." -- Choice
"Well-crafted . . . Guimarães employs many newly available sources to document his case." -- Choice
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This investigation of the origins of the Angolan civil war of 1975-76 exmines the interaction between internal and external factors to reveal the domestic roots of the conflict and the impact of foreign intervention on the civil war. The formative influence of colonialism and anti-colonialism on the emergence of Angolan rivalry since 1961 is described, and the externalization of that power struggle is analyzed from a perspective of both international and domestic politics.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
The Internal Sources of Conflict in Angola
Portuguese Colonialism in Angolap. 3
Angolan Anti-Colonialismp. 31
Exile Politicsp. 58
The Externalization of Angolan Conflict
The Angolan Civil War 1975-76p. 85
Zaire and South Africap. 114
Cuba and Chinap. 136
The Soviet Union and the United Statesp. 161
Conclusionp. 196
Notesp. 202
Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 245
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