Empire in Africa: Angola and Its Neighbors / Edition 1

Empire in Africa: Angola and Its Neighbors / Edition 1

by David Birmingham
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0896802485

ISBN-13: 9780896802483

Pub. Date: 04/15/2006

Publisher: Ohio University Press


The dark years of European fascism left their indelible mark on Africa. As late as the 1970s, Angola was still ruled by white autocrats, whose dictatorship was eventually overthrown by black nationalists who had never experienced either the rule of law or participatory democracy.

Empire in Africa takes the long view of history and asks whether the

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The dark years of European fascism left their indelible mark on Africa. As late as the 1970s, Angola was still ruled by white autocrats, whose dictatorship was eventually overthrown by black nationalists who had never experienced either the rule of law or participatory democracy.

Empire in Africa takes the long view of history and asks whether the colonizing ventures of the Portuguese can bear comparison with those of the Mediterranean Ottomans or those experienced by Angola's neighbors in the Belgian Congo, French Equatorial Africa, or the Dutch colonies at the Cape of Good Hope and in the Transvaal.

David Birmingham takes the reader through Angola's troubled past, which included endemic warfare for the first twenty-five years of independence, and examines the fact that in the absence of a viable neocolonial referee such as Britain or France, the warring parties turned to Cold War superpowers for a supply of guns. For a decade Angola replaced Vietnam as a field in which an international war by proxy was conducted.

Empire in Africa explains how this African nation went from colony to independence, how in the 1990s the Cold War legacy turned to civil war, and how peace finally dawned in 2002.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896802483
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2006
Series:
Ohio RIS Africa Series, #84
Edition description:
1
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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