Violence and Gender in Africa's Iberian Colonies

Feminizing the Portuguese and Spanish Empire, 1950s–1970s

  • Andreas Stucki

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Andreas Stucki
    Pages 1-20
  3. Andreas Stucki
    Pages 21-65
  4. Andreas Stucki
    Pages 67-123
  5. Andreas Stucki
    Pages 211-254
  6. Andreas Stucki
    Pages 255-290
  7. Andreas Stucki
    Pages 291-306
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 307-362

About this book


This book examines how and why Portugal and Spain increasingly engaged with women in their African colonies in the crucial period from the 1950s to the 1970s. It explores the rhetoric of benevolent Iberian colonialism, gendered Westernization, and development for African women as well as actual imperial practices – from forced resettlement to sexual exploitation to promoting domestic skills. Focusing on Angola, Mozambique, Western Sahara, and Equatorial Guinea, the author mines newly available and neglected documents, including sources from Portuguese and Spanish women’s organizations overseas. They offer insights into how African women perceived and responded to their assigned roles within an elite that was meant to preserve the empires and stabilize Afro-Iberian ties. The book also retraces parallels and differences between imperial strategies regarding women and the notions of African anticolonial movements about what women should contribute to the struggle for independence and the creation of new nation-states.


Decolonization Antonio Salazar Francisco Franco African women Lisbon Madrid Civilizing, modernizing mission Colonial rule Revolutionary movements Anticolonialism Propaganda

Authors and affiliations

  • Andreas Stucki
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-17229-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-17230-5
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