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

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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: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Preface (2002) ix
Abbreviations xiv
Introduction 1
1 Colonial rule in Guinea and Cape Verde 16
Guinea 17
Cape Verde 25
2 Amilcar Cabral: formative influences (1924-1959) 29
Early years (1924-1945) 29
Student in Lisbon (1945-1952) 35
Political and cultural influences 39
Agronomist and aspiring political activist (1952-1959) 46
3 From nationalist agitation to war of national liberation (1956-1964) 54
Brief history of the period 1956-1964 54
The creation of an instrument of national liberation 60
The development of a strategy of national liberation 67
The PAIGC in crisis: a brief analysis of the Cassaca Congress 77
The diplomacy of national liberation 83
4 Consolidation of power and the creation of a new state (1964-1973) 90
Brief history of the period 1964-1973 90
The military strategy and tactics of the PAIGC 97
Political and economic reconstruction in the liberated areas 105
Social reconstruction in the liberated areas 114
Towards independence: party, state and the 1972 elections 124
5 Cabral's political legacy 132
Cabral's assassination: facts and implications 132
Cabral and Portugal 143
Cabral as revolutionary leader: the PAIGC since independence 154
6 Amilcar Cabral: social and political thought 167
Political values and theoretical foundations 167
Social classes and national liberation 172
Social classes and revolution: state and party 175
Culture and national liberation 182
7 People's wars in lusophone Africa: a comparative perspective 188
Context 191
Process 199
From people's war to revolution? 210
Conclusion 217
Notes 220
Bibliography 241
Index 270
1 Percentage of assimilados in the total populations of Angola, Mozambique and Guinea
2 Population of the main ethnic groups in Guinea
3 Ethnic distribution of crop output in Guinea
4 The 'civilised' population of Guinea
5 Agricultural production in Guinea, 1953
6 Proportion of industry, agriculture, commerce and services in the Guinean GNP, 1953 and 1962
7 Education in Cape Verde, 1953 and 1964
8 Education in the liberated areas, 1965-1972
9 Evolution of medical personnel in the liberated areas, 1965-1972
10 Election results, 1972
1 Liberated areas in Guinea, 1964-66
2 Liberated areas in Guinea, 1969-74
3 Ethno-linguistic map of Angola
4 Ethno-linguistic map of Mozambique
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