Amilcar Cabral: Revolutionary Leadership and People's War / Edition 1

Amilcar Cabral: Revolutionary Leadership and People's War / Edition 1

by Patrick Chabal
     
 

ISBN-10: 1592210821

ISBN-13: 9781592210824

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: Africa World Press

This book, first published in 1983 by Cambridge University Press, and now issued for the first time in paperback with a new preface, tells the story of Amilcar Cabral who, as head of the PAIGC, Guinea-Bissau's nationalist movement, became one of Africa's foremost revolutionary leaders.

In less than twenty years of active political life, Cabral led Guinea-Bissau's

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This book, first published in 1983 by Cambridge University Press, and now issued for the first time in paperback with a new preface, tells the story of Amilcar Cabral who, as head of the PAIGC, Guinea-Bissau's nationalist movement, became one of Africa's foremost revolutionary leaders.

In less than twenty years of active political life, Cabral led Guinea-Bissau's nationalists to the most complete political and military success ever achieved by an African political movement against a colonial power. At the time of his death in 1973, months before Guinea-Bissau became independent, his influence extended well beyond the Lusophone world and Africa. Friends and foes alike admired his political acumen and skills and saw in him a potential leader of the non-aligned movement. His writings have shown him to be a sophisticated analyst of the social, economic and political factors which have affected and continue to affect the developing world.

At a time when there is a general sense of despondency about the future of Africa, as well as cynicism about its political elites, it is instructive to be reminded that the continent has produced a political leader of Cabral's calibre.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592210824
Publisher:
Africa World Press
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsv
Preface (2002)ix
Abbreviationsxiv
Introduction1
1Colonial rule in Guinea and Cape Verde16
Guinea17
Cape Verde25
2Amilcar Cabral: formative influences (1924-1959)29
Early years (1924-1945)29
Student in Lisbon (1945-1952)35
Political and cultural influences39
Agronomist and aspiring political activist (1952-1959)46
3From nationalist agitation to war of national liberation (1956-1964)54
Brief history of the period 1956-196454
The creation of an instrument of national liberation60
The development of a strategy of national liberation67
The PAIGC in crisis: a brief analysis of the Cassaca Congress77
The diplomacy of national liberation83
4Consolidation of power and the creation of a new state (1964-1973)90
Brief history of the period 1964-197390
The military strategy and tactics of the PAIGC97
Political and economic reconstruction in the liberated areas105
Social reconstruction in the liberated areas114
Towards independence: party, state and the 1972 elections124
5Cabral's political legacy132
Cabral's assassination: facts and implications132
Cabral and Portugal143
Cabral as revolutionary leader: the PAIGC since independence154
6Amilcar Cabral: social and political thought167
Political values and theoretical foundations167
Social classes and national liberation172
Social classes and revolution: state and party175
Culture and national liberation182
7People's wars in lusophone Africa: a comparative perspective188
Context191
Process199
From people's war to revolution?210
Conclusion217
Notes220
Bibliography241
Index270
Tables
1Percentage of assimilados in the total populations of Angola, Mozambique and Guinea
2Population of the main ethnic groups in Guinea
3Ethnic distribution of crop output in Guinea
4The 'civilised' population of Guinea
5Agricultural production in Guinea, 1953
6Proportion of industry, agriculture, commerce and services in the Guinean GNP, 1953 and 1962
7Education in Cape Verde, 1953 and 1964
8Education in the liberated areas, 1965-1972
9Evolution of medical personnel in the liberated areas, 1965-1972
10Election results, 1972
Maps
1Liberated areas in Guinea, 1964-66
2Liberated areas in Guinea, 1969-74
3Ethno-linguistic map of Angola
4Ethno-linguistic map of Mozambique

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