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By Christine Hatzky

ISBN-10: 0299301044

ISBN-13: 9780299301040

Angola, a former Portuguese colony in southern vital Africa, won independence in 1975 and presently plunged into greater than twenty years of clash and difficulty. Fidel Castro despatched Cuban army troops to Angola in aid of the Movimento renowned de Libertação de Angola (MPLA), resulting in its ascension to strength regardless of dealing with threats either overseas and family. what's much less identified, and what Cubans in Angola brings to mild, is the numerous function Cubans performed within the transformation of civil society in Angola in the course of those years. supplying not only army aid but additionally political, scientific, administrative, and technical services in addition to academic guidance, the Cuban presence in Angola is a distinct instance of transatlantic cooperation among previously colonized countries within the international South.

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This �raises a ques�tion: to what ex�tent did such com� mit�ment owe it�self to the prop�a�ganda and re�cruit�ing strat�e�gies of the Cuban govern�ment �rather than in�di�vid�ual mo�ti�va�tions? On the basis of eye�wit�ness inter�views with peo�ple who were in�volved in this op�er�a�tion, I crit�i�cally ex�am�ine the in�flu�ence of of�fi�cial prop�a�ganda on per�sonal mo�ti�va�tion, and �whether the de�ci�sion to be�come in�volved under pre�vail�ing po�lit�i�cal and so�cial circum�stances was �purely vol�un�tary.

At the end of the coÂ�loÂ�nial era, the chalÂ�lenges AnÂ�gola faced were simÂ�iÂ�lar to those of revÂ�oÂ�luÂ�tionÂ�ary Cuba: high levÂ�els of ilÂ�litÂ�erÂ�acy and the lack of a Â�trained workÂ�force. Â�Cuba’s sucÂ�cesses in modÂ�ernÂ�izÂ�ing its edÂ�uÂ�caÂ�tion Â�system and the prinÂ�ciÂ�ple of edÂ�uÂ�catÂ�ing “new men” Â�pointed the way for Â�Angola’s postÂ�coÂ�loÂ�nial edÂ�uÂ�caÂ�tion polÂ�icy. The Â�Cuban-Angolan coopÂ�erÂ�aÂ�tive proÂ�gram in edÂ�uÂ�caÂ�tion was Â�founded on comÂ�mon conÂ�senÂ�sus.

I also exÂ�amÂ�ine the disÂ�rupÂ�tions and amÂ�bivÂ�aÂ�lences that corÂ�reÂ�sponded to difÂ�ferÂ�ent viewÂ�points, contrastÂ�ing and comÂ�parÂ�ing the perÂ�cepÂ�tions of the Cuban teachÂ�ers, their AnÂ�goÂ�lan colÂ�leagues, superÂ�iÂ�ors, and puÂ�pils. The way CuÂ�bans and AnÂ�goÂ� lans viewed Â� each other and their muÂ�tual enÂ�counÂ�ters was inÂ�exÂ�triÂ�cably Â�linked to Â�self-perception. In exÂ�cepÂ�tional cases, it was fasÂ�ciÂ�naÂ�tion that Â�shaped Â�people’s perÂ�cepÂ�tion of “the other,” but more often it was based on culÂ�tural misÂ�underÂ� standÂ�ing, which led to reÂ�jecÂ�tion.

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