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Southern Africa: The Hot "Cold War"

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This book analyzes 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

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Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 28th 2008 by Pluto Press
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Mike
Jul 26, 2012 Mike rated it it was ok
The Hot “Cold War” is a book discussing the Soviet government's support to various Southern African liberation movements in the 1960's-1990's including Angola, Rhodesia, and Mozambique. It is broken down into support by country and details various phases of their support for each nation. It discusses both the personal interactions, personalities, and types of material and political support given and the authors own involvement in this support.

The book suffers from a number of issues. Firstly, is
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As an institutional history of the difficulties faced by socialist/communist regimes (specifically tensions between China, Cuba and the USSR) in dealing with anti-colonial struggles in Africa this book is an excellent resource. The problem is that Shubin expects that his readers are intimately familiar with not only politics in the USSR but the various governmental/para-governmental structures involved in the USSR support received by the anti-colonial forces, along with having an almost encyclop ...more
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Mar 18, 2012 Debbie rated it liked it
Piero Gleijeses's review on H-Net is an essential corollary to this book and placing it in historiographical context.
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