The April 1974 coup in Portugal markedly shifted political relationships in Southern Africa, forcing, among other outcomes, a clearer emergence of intractable differences within the region. The contributors to this volume present a careful exposition of events since the coup and an analysis of their implications. Reflecting divergent values and coming to differing conclusions, they confirm that no easy solutions to the regional conflict are at hand and that Southern Africa will for some time remain a focus for international attention.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- The Triggering Event -- Portuguese Withdrawal from Africa, 1974-1975: The Angolan Case -- The Internationalization of Regional Conflict: Angola and Its Aftermath -- The Cuban Role in Southern Africa -- The Soviet Role in Southern Africa -- Territories in Transition? Zimbabwe Rhodesia and South West Africa/Namibia -- Zimbabwe and Southern African “Détente” -- South West Africa/Namibia: A Study in Polarization and Confrontation -- South Africa in the Region -- South Africa's Regional Role -- The Widening Conflict Within South Africa -- Afrikaner Nationalist Perspectives about Change in South African Domestic Policies -- Independence for the Transkei: Mystification and Diversion in the Model Bantustan -- Retreat from Challenge: White Reactions to Regional Events Since 1974 -- The Baptism of Fire: South Africa's Black Majority After the Portuguese Coup -- Black African Governments in Regional Politics -- Independent African States and the Struggle for Southern Africa -- The Portuguese Coup and Zaire's Southern Africa Policy -- Independent Mozambique and Its Regional Policy -- Conclusion
John Seiler was formerly an associate research fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University.