Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series

The White Redoubt, the Great Powers and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1960–1980

Authors: de Meneses, Filipe Ribeiro, McNamara, Robert

  • Reviews archival material of eight different countries concerning the history of apartheid South Africa
  • Explores the history of apartheid in three countries: Portugal, Rhodesia and South Africa
  • Demonstrates the political, economic, and military support of apartheid South Africa from other nations from the period of 1961 to 1974
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This work examines the attempt by the governments of Portugal, Rhodesia and South Africa to defy the drive for African independence in the 1960s and 70s, and the international community’s response. From 1961 to 1974, Portugal, Rhodesia and South Africa collaborated in the attempt to preserve white minority rule in their respective territories. Hard-pressed by African nationalists, recently decolonized states, and many of the world’s Great Powers, they supported each other economically, politically and militarily, turning southern Africa into a major diplomatic concern which defied Cold War logic. This book examines how this collaboration came about and how the international community responded to it, paying close attention to the evolving situation in each country. The Portuguese Revolution of April 1974 undid this ‘white redoubt’, and the diplomatic policy subsequently adopted by apartheid South Africa – détente – led it to sacrifice Rhodesia in return for the illusion of permanent safety. A true work of transnational history, this book is based on the archival material of eight different countries, yet it serves as well as an introduction to the politics of southern Africa during the late colonial era. 

About the authors

Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses is Professor of History at Maynooth University, Ireland. He is the author, among other works, of Portugal 1914-1926: From the First World War to Military Dictatorship (2004), Salazar: A Political Biography (2009) and Afonso Costa: Portugal (2010).

Robert McNamara is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Ulster, UK. He is the author of Britain, Nasser and the Balance of Power in the Middle East (2003), The Hashemites: The Dream of Arabia, and as editor, The Churchills in Ireland (2010).

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Defying the Wind of Change

    de Meneses, Filipe Ribeiro (et al.)

    Pages 3-32

  • Rhodesia: Rise of the Rebel State

    de Meneses, Filipe Ribeiro (et al.)

    Pages 33-74

  • Portuguese Africa: Rebellion and Resilience

    de Meneses, Filipe Ribeiro (et al.)

    Pages 75-108

  • Building the ‘White Redoubt’

    de Meneses, Filipe Ribeiro (et al.)

    Pages 111-136

  • Brothers-in-Arms: ALCORA in Action

    de Meneses, Filipe Ribeiro (et al.)

    Pages 137-159

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-44758-6
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Hardcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-44757-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The White Redoubt, the Great Powers and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1960–1980
Authors
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-44758-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-44758-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-44757-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 401
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