Death of Dignity

Death of Dignity : Angola's Civil War

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Angola has been embroiled in war almost continuously since its independence in 1975. Yet despite countless casualties, including some two million displaced people, Western media have paid scant attention to this most devastating of internal conflicts.Victoria Brittain has witnessed the horror and destruction in Angola for longer than almost any other western journalist. In Death of Dignity she uniquely combines a narrative of the war based on historical political analysis with firsthand accounts of many decisive events, and portraits of leading personalities. The author examines the origin and course of the conflict and demonstrates how Africa's most heroic revolution was deliberately derailed and destroyed by United States foreign policy. Death of Dignity unveils an important and much neglected history, and one that is vital to a thorough understanding of postcolonial Africa.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 136 x 212 x 10mm | 199.58g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745312470
  • 9780745312477
  • 2,185,005

About Victoria Brittain

Victoria Brittain is a journalist and writer. She has spent much of her working life in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, writing principally for the Guardian. She has been a consultant to the UN on reports on the impact of conflict on children and on women. She is the author of Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror (Pluto Press, 2013). She is a trustee of Prisoners of Conscience and of the Amiel/Melburn Trust, was on the Council of the Institute of Race Relations for 20 years, and is a Patron of Palestine Solidarity.show more

Table of contents

Note on Sources Leading Characters Introduction 1. Birth of Africa's brightest hope, 1975-6 2. The remaking of Unita, 1976-84 3. A war of ideology, 1985-87 4. Havana's last stand, 1987-89 5. Losing the peace, 1991-92 6. Another Somalia - the war of the cities, 1992-94 7. The state destroyed, 1995/6 Indexshow more

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'Tells the story of a revolution destroyed, analysing the moves of the mighty and speaking up for the millions who have suffered as a result' -- Guardian 'Few journalists know Angola better than Victoria Brittain. This is an excellent and timely account of a conflict for which we in the West share much of the blame' -- Jon Snow, newscastershow more

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