Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991

Visions of Freedom Havana Washington Pretoria and the Struggle for Southern Africa During the final fifteen years of the Cold War southern Africa underwent a period of upheaval with dramatic twists and turns in relations between the superpowers Americans Cubans Soviets and Afri

  • Title: Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991
  • Author: Piero Gleijeses
  • ISBN: 9781469609683
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Hardcover
  • During the final fifteen years of the Cold War, southern Africa underwent a period of upheaval, with dramatic twists and turns in relations between the superpowers Americans, Cubans, Soviets, and Africans fought over the future of Angola, where tens of thousands of Cuban soldiers were stationed, and over the decolonization of Namibia, Africa s last colony Beyond lay theDuring the final fifteen years of the Cold War, southern Africa underwent a period of upheaval, with dramatic twists and turns in relations between the superpowers Americans, Cubans, Soviets, and Africans fought over the future of Angola, where tens of thousands of Cuban soldiers were stationed, and over the decolonization of Namibia, Africa s last colony Beyond lay the great prize South Africa Piero Gleijeses uses archival sources, particularly from the United States, South Africa, and the closed Cuban archives, to provide an unprecedented international history of this important theater of the late Cold War These sources all point to one conclusion by humiliating the United States and defying the Soviet Union, Fidel Castro changed the course of history in southern Africa It was Cuba s victory in Angola in 1988 that forced Pretoria to set Namibia free and helped break the back of apartheid South Africa In the words of Nelson Mandela, the Cubans destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor and inspired the fighting masses of South Africa.

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    1. Tom

      The historian Nancy Mitchell once observed, regarding US relations to Cuba that “Our selective recall not only serves a purpose, it has repercussions. It creates a chasm between us and the Cubans we share a past, but we have no shared memories.” Mitchell is quoted in Piero Gleijeses’s masterpiece Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa 1976-1991. Her observation is quite accurate: for many Americans Cuba and its role in the world has been defi [...]

    2. Martin

      An impressive work of forensic history. Gleijeses digs deep into the available records of Cuba, the former USSR, South Africa, the U.S. and elsewhere to provide an unprecedented analysis of Cuba's defense of Angola and Namibia. The U.S. reluctance to impose sanctions on South Africa for its illegal wars against its neighbors -- first Carter, then Reagan, the latter who tossed aside the plight of black Africans to support the apartheid state -- is fully exposed in these pages.

    3. Barry Sierer

      If you think yourself as a foreign policy wonk this is the book for you. It is basically a diplomatic and foreign policy history (rather than a military one) of the border war between South Africa, Angola, Cuba, and the other players including the US, and Soviet Union, along with the intertwining stories of SWAPO, UNITA, and the ANC. The book has a strongly Cuban slant and mainly focuses on the groups and governments that opposed South Africa’s apartheid era government.This is not the most ent [...]

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