The Hot 'Cold War'

The Hot 'Cold War' : The USSR in Southern Africa

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This book analyses the causes of armed conflicts in Southern Africa during the Cold War. It examines the influence of the various external forces in the region during this period and their relationship to local movements and governments. The book focuses on states experiencing violent internal conflict and foreign intervention, that is Angola, Mozambique, Namibia , South Africa and Zimbabwe. The author provides an unique history of the key part that the Soviet Union played in these developments. Spanning 30 years, the book explores how each country struggled for genuine independence against colonialism and apartheid and their place in the wider conflicts encompassed by the Cold War.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 142.24 x 223.52 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 0745324738
  • 9780745324739

About Vladimir Shubin

Vladimir Shubin is deputy Director of of the Institute for African Studies in the Russian Academy of Sciences. Before joining the Academy from the 1960s he was involved in both the political and practical support for the armed struggles in an official capacity for the Soviet Union, during which time he had extensive contact with the leaders of the liberation movements.show more

Table of contents

List of abbreviations Part 1. Angola 1. Armed struggle begins 2. Zigzags of history 3. From the Portuguese revolution to Angola's independence 4. Second war of liberation 5. Troubles again Part 2. 6. 'General Konstantin' 7. Cuito Cuanavale and after 8. Moscow and FRELIMO. 9. Transitional period. 10. Independent Mozambique. Machel's death. Part 3. Zimbabwe. 11. ZAPU or ZANU? 12. Patriotic Front 13. Lancaster House 14. Moscow and independent Zimbabwe Part 4. Namibia 15. SWANU or SWAPO? 16. Co-operation broadens 17. Armed struggle intesifies. 18. SWAPO's victory Part 5. Last but not least: South Africa 19. ANC: co-operation begins 20. Helping to return home. 21. 'Rebuilding' or destroying? POSTSCRIPT Soviet personalities References Indexshow more

Review quote

'Vladimir Shubin has unrivalled knowledge of the Soviet role in Africa in the decades of the Cold War. His personal yet scholarly account will be required reading for anyone interested in the fascinating story of the liberation of southern Africa' -- Chris Saunders, University of Cape Town 'The Soviet Union's support for Southern African nationalism against Western imperialism is a crucial case study. There is no better author [on this subject] than Vladimir Shubin' -- Patrick Bond, author of Looting Africa, and professor at University of KwaZulu-Natal 'An illuminating, well researched and accessible account of the forces at work and the factors determining policies at particular times' -- Raymond Suttner, Professor, University of South Africa, Pretoria, author of The ANC underground, former ANC and SACP leader and one time political prisonershow more

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