Angola Under the Portuguese: The Myth and the Reality

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Africa World Press, 2004 - Angola - 287 pages
The book is the first comprehensive study of race relations in Angola. It covers the entire five-century-long relationship between the peoples of Angola and Portugal. Portuguese imperial thinkers asserted that they were unique among European colonizers in their ability to establish and maintain egalitarian and non-discriminatory relationships with tropical peoples. This concept was elevated to a philosophical plateau and given the name Luscotropicalism. Propagated with fervor by Portuguese colonial thinkers, Lusotropical doctrines were widely accepted as being valid by twentieth-century diplomats and political thinkers in both Europe and the United States, many of whom believed that Portuguese colonialism in Africa would continue indefinitely.

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This is the first comprehensive study of race relationss in Angola. It covers the entire five-century-long relationship between the peoples of Angola and Portugal. Lusotropicalism is analysed here. Read full review

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Gerald is a Professor in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association (U.S.A) from 1979 to 1987, and served as the associations president between 1985 and 1986. Dr. Bender has been a long time commentator on African international relations and United States policies in leading American newspapers including The New York Times and The Washington Post. He has visited Angola at least 2-3 times every year since the country became independent in 1975 and is currently engaged in a project to study and reduce the incidence of AIDS in the Angolan Armed Forces.

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