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Battleground Africa : Cold War in the Congo, 1960-1965

Author: Lise A Namikas
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Woodrow Wilson Center Press ; Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, ©2013.
Series: Cold War International History Project series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Battleground Africa traces the Congo Crisis from post-World War II decolonization efforts through Mobutu's second coup in 1965 from a radically new vantage point. Drawing on materials from recently opened archives in Russia and the United States, and to a lesser extent Germany and Belgium, Namikas addresses the crisis from the perspectives of the two superpowers and explains with superb clarity the complex web of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lise A Namikas
ISBN: 9780804784863 0804784868
OCLC Number: 810329331
Description: xiv, 350 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Which way Africa? --
A Cold War nationalism --
Collision course : the superpowers in the Congo --
A "stopgap arrangement" : ONUC --
A "Castro or worse" : Lumumba in charge --
Coups d'etat and troikas --
Murder and malice --
A "Cold War" civil war --
No silver bullets --
Force and reconciliation --
Johnson's distraction --
"Carrying the burden" in the Congo --
Reaction and mop-up --
Conclusion: The Congo in global perspective.
Series Title: Cold War International History Project series.
Responsibility: Lise Namikas.
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Battleground Africa traces the Congo Crisis from post-World War II decolonization efforts through Mobutu's second coup in 1965 from a radically new vantage point. Drawing on materials from recently opened archives in Russia and the United States, and to a lesser extent Germany and Belgium, Namikas addresses the crisis from the perspectives of the two superpowers and explains with superb clarity the complex web of allies, clients, and neutral states influencing U.S.-Soviet competition. Unlike any other work, Battleground Africa looks at events leading up to independence, then considers the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the series of U.N.-supported constitutional negotiations, and the crises of 1964 and 1965. Finding that the U.S. and the USSR each wanted to avoid a major confrontation, but also misunderstood its opponent's goals and wanted to avoid looking weak or losing its political standing in Africa, Namikas argues that a series of exaggerations and misjudgements helped to militarize the crisis, and ultimately, helped militarize the Cold War on the continent. -- Publisher description.

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"The author's command of Soviet and East Bloc sources is very impressive, and adds a new dimension to the literature that has been lacking in past studies, which have relied on Western documents Read more...

 
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