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The White Redoubt, the Great Powers and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1960–1980

  • Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses
  • Robert McNamara

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. White States of Emergency

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses, Robert McNamara
      Pages 3-32
    3. Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses, Robert McNamara
      Pages 33-74
    4. Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses, Robert McNamara
      Pages 75-108
  3. The Rise and Fall of an Unholy Alliance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses, Robert McNamara
      Pages 111-136
    3. Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses, Robert McNamara
      Pages 137-159
    4. Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses, Robert McNamara
      Pages 161-179
  4. Towards a Constellation of One

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses, Robert McNamara
      Pages 183-218
    3. Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses, Robert McNamara
      Pages 219-256
    4. Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses, Robert McNamara
      Pages 257-285
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 287-401

About this book

Introduction

This work examines the attempt by the governments of Portugal, Rhodesia and South Africa to defy the drive for African independence in the 1960s and 70s, and the international community’s response. From 1961 to 1974, Portugal, Rhodesia and South Africa collaborated in the attempt to preserve white minority rule in their respective territories. Hard-pressed by African nationalists, recently decolonized states, and many of the world’s Great Powers, they supported each other economically, politically and militarily, turning southern Africa into a major diplomatic concern which defied Cold War logic. This book examines how this collaboration came about and how the international community responded to it, paying close attention to the evolving situation in each country. The Portuguese Revolution of April 1974 undid this ‘white redoubt’, and the diplomatic policy subsequently adopted by apartheid South Africa – détente – led it to sacrifice Rhodesia in return for the illusion of permanent safety. A true work of transnational history, this book is based on the archival material of eight different countries, yet it serves as well as an introduction to the politics of southern Africa during the late colonial era. 

Keywords

Nysasaland Angola South Africa Rhodesia Rebels Verwoerd Salazar Portuguese Africa Unholy Alliance White Redoubt ALCORA Zimbabwe-Rhodesia P W Botha

Authors and affiliations

  • Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses
    • 1
  • Robert McNamara
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HistoryMaynooth UniversityMaynooth, Co. KildareIreland
  2. 2.School of English and HistoryUlster UniversityColeraine, Northern IrelandUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-44758-6
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-44757-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-44758-6
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