Cubans in Angola: South-South Cooperation and Transfer of Knowledge, 1976–1991

Cubans in Angola: South-South Cooperation and Transfer of Knowledge, 1976–1991
Published:
February 11th 2015 by University of Wisconsin Press
Goodreads Rating:
4.33
Pages:
404
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ISBN10:
0299301044
ISBN13:
9780299301040

Angola, a former Portuguese colony in southern central Africa, gained independence in 1975 and almost immediately plunged into more than two decades of conflict and crisis. Fidel Castro sent Cuban military troops to Angola in support of the Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA), leading to its ascension to power despite facing threats both international and domestic.

What is known, and what Cubans in Angola brings to light, is the significant role Cubans played in the transformation of civil society in Angola during these years. Offering not just military support but also political, medical, administrative, and technical expertise as well as educational assistance, the Cuban presence in Angola is a unique example of transatlantic cooperation between two formerly colonized nations in the global South.