Cold War in Southern Africa: White Power, Black Liberation

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This edited volume examines the complexities of the Cold War in Southern Africa and uses a range of archives to develop a more detailed understanding of the impact of the Cold War environment upon the processes of political change.

In the aftermath of European decolonization, the struggle between white minority governments and black liberation movements encouraged both sides to appeal for external support from the two superpower blocs. Cold War in Southern Africa highlights the importance of the global ideological environment on the perceptions and consequent behaviour of the white minority regimes, the Black Nationalist movements, and the newly independent African nationalist governments. Together, they underline the variety of archival sources on the history of Southern Africa in the Cold War and its growing importance in Cold War Studies.

This volume brings together a series of essays by leading scholars based on a wide range of sources in the United States, Russia, Cuba, Britain, Zambia and South Africa. By focussing on a range of independent actors, these essays highlight the complexity of the conflict in Southern Africa: a battle of power blocs, of systems and ideas, which intersected with notions and practices of race and class

This book will appeal to students of cold war studies, US foreign policy, African politics and International History.

Sue Onslow has taught at the London School of Economics since 1994. She is currently a Cold War Studies Fellow in the Cold War Studies Centre/IDEAS

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'A welcome addition to the burgeoning historiography on the Cold War in the region is Sue Onslow’s edited collection Cold War in Southern Africa: White Power, Black Liberation. The book is split into two themes with chapters covering white nationalist power and its projection onto neighbouring states, and African liberation struggles against these regimes.' - Matthew Graham, Africa Spectrum, 45, 1, pp131-139
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415474207
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/14/2009
  • Series: Cold War History Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 0.62 (w) x 0.92 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Onslow has taught at the London School of Economics since 1994. She is currently a Cold War Studies Fellow in the Cold War Studies Centre/IDEAS.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Sue Onslow 1. The Cold War in Southern Africa: White Power, Black Nationalism and External Intervention Sue Onslow 2. Racism, the Cold War and South Africa’s Regional Security Strategies 1948-90 John Daniel 3. The USA and Apartheid South Africa’s Nuclear Aspirations, 1949-1980 Martha van Wyk 4. The impact of anti-communism on white Rhodesian political culture, ca.1920s-1980. Donal Lowry 5. The South African factor in Zimbabwe's transition to Independence Sue Onslow 6. Non-alignment on the Racial Frontier: Zambia and the USA, 1964–68 Andy DeRoche 7. Unsung Heroes: The Soviet Military and the Liberation of Southern Africa Vladimir Shubin 8. Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? Jimmy Carter and Rhodesia Nancy Mitchell 9. From Cassinga to New York: Cuba and the Struggle for the Independence of Namibia Piero Gleijeses 10. The Angola/Namibia crisis of 1988 and its resolution Chris Saunders Conclusion Sue Onslow

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