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South Africa and the Aftermath of Portugal's ‘Exemplary’ Decolonization: The Security Dimension

McNamara, Robert and de Meneses, Filipe Riberio (2013) South Africa and the Aftermath of Portugal's ‘Exemplary’ Decolonization: The Security Dimension. Portuguese Studies, 29 (2). pp. 227-250. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5699/portstudies.29.2.0227

Abstract

The Portuguese Revolution of 1974–75 had a profound impact on southern Africa, forcing the government of John Vorster to re-evaluate South Africa's diplomatic and strategic options. But because events in Lisbon — as well as in Mozambique and Angola — evolved slowly, an overconfident Pretoria found itself unable to read the situation clearly. In this it was hampered by interagency power struggles, as well as its relationship with Rhodesia. Generally cautious towards Mozambique, South Africa was rather more reckless in its involvement in Angola. This resulted in an embarrassing diplomatic defeat which revealed the emptiness of its proposed policy of détente, as well as of hopes of a new understanding with the United States.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
ID Code:27447
Deposited By: Dr Robert McNamara
Deposited On:15 Oct 2013 08:21
Last Modified:15 Oct 2013 08:21

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