The Weight of History

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October 2007 9781850658801 352pp
October 2007 9781850658849 352pp
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It is hoped that the multiparty elections of 2007 will bring about a political system in Angola that will ensure the country’s sustained economic and social development. Angola is just emerging from almost three decades of civil war, and its abundant natural resources and booming oil sector could lay the groundwork for long-term economic prosperity and cement the transition towards political stability. But are these hopes realistic? Angola provides a thorough introduction to the history of Angola and analyses its economic, political, and social evolution since independence. Its contributors offer incisive, original, and contemporary interpretations of one of the most complex countries in Africa.


‘This book’s great strength is to put the contemporary,postwar condition of Angola into a historical context and to show how the present cannot be understood without this highly particular past. It is also very useful as a basis for the comparative analysis of African polities and economies’. – Chris Cramer, School of Oriental and African Studies


Patrick Chabal was for many years a Professor at King’s College London, latterly as Chair of African History and Politics. He wrote many key works including Amilcar Cabral: Revolutionary Leadership and People’s WarAfrica Works (with Jean-Pascal Daloz) and Africa: The Politics of Suffering and Smiling. He died in January 2014.

Nuno Vidal lectures in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

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