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The cuban intervention in Angola, 1965-1991 [electronic resource] : from Che Guevara to Cuito Cuanavale /
Edward George.
imprint
London ; New York : Frank Cass, 2005.
description
p. cm.
ISBN
0415350158 (hardback)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
London ; New York : Frank Cass, 2005.
isbn
0415350158 (hardback)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Internationalism in the Cuban revolution & the birth of the alliance with the MPLA (1959-65) -- The Cuban mission to Brazzaville & the collapse of the alliance (1965-74) -- The carnation revolution & the failure of Angola's decolonisation (April 1974-October 1975) -- Operations Savannah and Carlota (October-November 1975) -- 'The second liberation war' (November 1975-March 1976) -- The failed withdrawal from Angola (1976-1981) -- 'The people's war', Cuban internationalists in Angola (1975-91) -- Abortive peace negotiations and the path to full-scale war (1981-85) -- The big offensives (1985-87) -- The battle of Cuito Cuanavale (November 1987-March 1988) -- The fighting in southwest Angola & the negotiating end-game (March-December 1988) -- The sting in the tail - the Ochoa scandal, the death of internationalism & the start of the 'special period' (1989-91).
catalogue key
7885127
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summaries
Main Description
A new examination of why Cuba, a Caribbean country, sent half a million of its citizens to fight in Angola in Africa, and how a short-term intervention escalated into a lengthy war of intervention. It clearly details how in January 1965 Cuba formed an alliance with the Angolan MPLA which evolved into the flagship of its global "internationalist" mission, spawning the military intervention of November 1975 culminating in Cuba's spurious "victory" at Cuito Cuanavale and Cuba's fifteen-year occupation of Angola. Drawing on interviews with leading protagonists, first-hand accounts and archive material from Cuba, Angola and South Africa, this new book dispels the myths of the Cuban intervention, revealing that Havana's decision to intervene was not so much an heroic gesture of solidarity, but rather a last-ditch gamble to avert disaster. By examining Cuba's role in the Angolan War in a global context, this book demonstrates how the interaction between the many players in Angola shaped and affectedCuba's intervention as it headed towards its controversial conclusion.
Long Description
A new examination of why Cuba, a Caribbean country, sent half a million of its citizens to fight in Angola in Africa, and how a short-term intervention escalated into a lengthy war of intervention. It clearly details how in January 1965 Cuba formed an alliance with the Angolan MPLA which evolved into the flagship of its global "internationalist" mission, spawning the military intervention of November 1975 culminating in Cuba's spurious "victory" at Cuito Cuanavale and Cuba's fifteen-year occupation of Angola. Drawing on interviews with leading protagonists, first-hand accounts and archive material from Cuba, Angola and South Africa, this new book dispels the myths of the Cuban intervention, revealing that Havana's decision to intervene was not so much an heroic gesture of solidarity, but rather a last-ditch gamble to avert disaster. By examining Cuba's role in the Angolan War in a global context, this book demonstrates how the interaction between the many players in Angola shaped and affected Cuba's intervention as it headed towards its controversial conclusion.
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A new examination of why Cuba, a Caribbean country, sent half a million of its citizens to fight in Angola in Africa, and how a short-term intervention escalated into a lengthy war of intervention. It clearly details how in January 1965 Cuba formed an alliance with the Angolan MPLA which evolved into the flagship of its global 'internationalist' mission, spawning the military intervention of November 1975 culminating in Cuba's spurious 'victory' at Cuito Cuanavale and Cuba's fifteen-year occupation of Angola. Drawing on interviews with leading protagonists, first-hand accounts and archive material from Cuba, Angola and South Africa, this new book dispels the myths of the Cuban intervention, revealing that Havana's decision to intervene was not so much an heroic gesture of solidarity, but rather a last-ditch gamble to avert disaster. By examining Cuba's role in the Angolan War in a global context, this book demonstrates how the interaction between the many players in Angola shaped and affected Cuba's intervention as it headed towards its controversial conclusion.
Table of Contents
List of maps
List of photographic plates
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Internationalism in the Cuban Revolution and the Birth of the Alliance with the MPLA 2 . The Cuban mission to Brazzaville & the Collapse of the Alliance
The Carnation Revolution & the failure of Angola's Decolonisation
Operations Savannah and Carlota
'The Second Liberation War'
The Failed Withdrawal From Angola
'The People's War': Cuban internationalists in Angola
Abortive Peace Negotiations and the path to full-scale war
The Big Offensives
The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale
The Fighting in Southwest Angola and the Negotiating End-Game
The sting in the tail: the withdrawal from Angola the Ochoa case & the start of the 'Special Period'
Conclusion
Select bibliography
Abridged
chronology
Angolan Place Name Variants
Cuban Troop Numbers and Soviet Military Aid to Angolap. 1975-1991
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