Decolonisation and Regional Geopolitics: South Africa and the ‘Congo Crisis’, 1960-1965, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Decolonisation and Regional Geopolitics

South Africa and the ‘Congo Crisis’, 1960-1965, 1st Edition

By Lazlo Passemiers


238 pages

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Decolonisation and Regional Geopolitics argues that as much as the ‘Congo crisis’ (1960-1965) was a Cold War battleground, so too was it a battleground for Southern Africa’s decolonisation. This book provides a transnational history of African decolonisation, apartheid diplomacy, and Southern African nationalist movements. It answers three central questions. First, what was the nature of South African involvement in the Congo crisis? Second, what was the rationale for this involvement? Third, how did South Africans perceive the crisis?

Innovatively, the book shifts the focus on the Congo crisis away from Cold War intervention and centres it around African decolonisation and regional geopolitics.

Table of Contents

List of Figures


List of Abbreviations

1960 Map of Southern Africa

1960 Map of Congo

Section I: Setting the Scene

Centring Africa

The First Republic, 1960-1965

Section II: South African Involvement




Section III: South African Motives and Perceptions



Section IV: Conclusions

An African Battleground


About the Author

Lazlo Passemiers is a postdoctoral research fellow at the International Studies Group, University of the Free State, South Africa. He specialises in transnational histories of decolonisation in twentieth-century Southern Africa.

About the Series

The Routledge Global 1960s and 1970s Series

As the decades that defined the Cold War, the 1960s and 1970s helped shape the world we live in to a remarkable degree. Political phenomena including the almighty tussle between capitalism and communism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, apartheid in South Africa, uprisings against authoritarianism and independence from colonial rule for a large swathe of the nations of the Global South helped define the period but the sixties and seventies were as much about cultural and social change, with lives the world over altered irretrievably by new standpoints and attitudes. Traditionally, analysis of the era has largely been concerned with superpower posturings and life in Europe and America, but this series, while providing full coverage to such impulses, takes a properly global view of the era.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Africa / General
HISTORY / Africa / Central
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Africa / South / Republic of South Africa