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Description - The Cuban Intervention in Angola, 1965-1991 by Edward George

In January 1965 Cuba formed an alliance with the Angolan MPLA which evolved into the flagship of its global 'internationalist' mission, spawning the military intervention of November 1975 and Cuba's fifteen-year occupation of Angola. This book examines why a Caribbean country sent half a million of its citizens to fight in Angola, and how a short-term intervention escalated into a lengthy war of intervention, culminating in Cuba's spurious 'victory' at Cuito Cuanavale. Drawing on interviews with leading protagonists, first-hand accounts and archive material from Cuba, Angola and South Africa, this book dispels the myths of the Cuban intervention, revealing that Havana's decision to intervene was not so much an heroic gesture of solidarity, but rather a last-ditch gamble to avert disaster. By examining Cuba's role in the Angolan War in a global context, this book demonstrates how the interaction between the many players in Angola shaped and affected Cuba's intervention as it headed towards its controversial conclusion.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415350150
ISBN-10: 0415350158
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 372
Imprint: Frank Cass Publishers
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Edward George

Edward George was born and raised in London, and read Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Bristol. In 1996 Bristol awarded him a scholarship to carry out a PhD in Cuban and Angolan history, and this book is the result of the eight years of research which followed. During that time he lived in Havana for over a year, and travelled for six months around South Africa and Angola, visiting some of the remotest parts of the war zone. Dr George is the Cape Verde author for the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and is a freelance writer on the politics, economics and history of Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.

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