The Cuban Intervention in Angola, 1965-1991: From Che Guevara to Cuito Cuanavale

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Overview

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 and Cuba's fifteen-year occupation of Angola. This book examines why a Caribbean country sent nearly half-a-million of its citizens to fight in Angola, and how a short-term intervention escalated into a lengthy war of attrition, culminating in Cuba's spurious 'victory' at Cuito Cuanavale. Drawing on interviews with leading protagonists, first-hand accounts and archive material from Cuba, Angola and South Africa, this 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 exploring the complex interplay between the fighting on the ground, the tortured peace process and the constantly shifting alliances, this book aims to explain how these forces shaped and affected Cuba's fifteen-year intervention, propelling it towards its controversial conclusion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415350150
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: Cass Military Studies Series
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward George was born and raised in London, and read Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Bristol. In 1996 Bristol awarded him a scholarship to carry out a PhD in Cuban and Angolan history, and this book is the result of the eight years of research which followed. During that time he lived in Havana for over a year, and travelled for six months around South Africa and Angola, visiting some of the remotest parts of the war zone. Dr George is the Cape Verde author for the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and is a freelance writer on the politics, economics and history of Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.

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Table of Contents

1. Internationalism in the Cuban Revolution and the Birth of the Alliance with the MPLA 2. The Cuban mission to Brazzaville and the Collapse of the Alliance 3. The Carnation Revolution & the failure of Angola's Decolonisation 4. Operations Savannah and Carlota 5. 'The Second Liberation War' 6. The Failed Withdrawal From Angola 7. 'The People's War': Cuban internationalists in Angola 8. Abortive Peace Negotiations and the path to full-scale war 9. The Big Offensives 10. The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale 11. The Fighting in Southwest Angola and the Negotiating End-Game 12. The sting in the tail: the withdrawal from Angola the Ochoa case & the start of the 'Special Period' Conclusion

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