By William Minter
Of all of the many violent chapters in contemporary Southern African heritage, the conflicts in Angola and Mozambique considering that independence in 1975 were the main protracted, complicated and lethal for thousands of civilians. William Minter argues that they characterize a brand new type of non-conventional conflict attribute of the 'contra' interval - neither vintage guerrilla battle nor easy exterior aggression, yet comprising components of civil battle ruled via local and worldwide exterior powers.He examines the Unita and Renamo social constructions, exterior interventions, styles of army recruitment, conditioning, logistics and procedure, and the errors made via the Angolan and Mozambican states.
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