Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991 (The New Cold War History)

Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991 (The New Cold War History)

Piero Gleijeses


in the course of the ultimate fifteen years of the chilly warfare, southern Africa underwent a interval of upheaval, with dramatic twists and turns in kinfolk among the superpowers. american citizens, Cubans, Soviets, and Africans fought over the way forward for Angola, the place tens of millions of Cuban squaddies have been stationed, and over the decolonization of Namibia, Africa's final colony. past lay the nice prize: South Africa. Piero Gleijeses uses archival resources, relatively from the U.S., South Africa, and the closed Cuban files, to supply an unparalleled overseas historical past of this significant theater of the overdue chilly struggle.
These resources all aspect to 1 end: via humiliating the USA and defying the Soviet Union, Fidel Castro replaced the process historical past in southern Africa. It used to be Cuba's victory in Angola in 1988 that compelled Pretoria to set Namibia unfastened and helped holiday the again of apartheid South Africa. within the phrases of Nelson Mandela, the Cubans "destroyed the parable of the invincibility of the white oppressor . . . [and] encouraged the battling plenty of South Africa."

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