Sellström, Tor

Sweden and National Liberation in Southern Africa

Sweden and National Liberation in Southern Africa


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Sweden’s and the other Nordic countries’ support for the national liberation process and struggle against apartheid was unique in the international context both in regard to the size of the financial support and the extensive popular involvement.

This book attempts to document the involvement of Sweden in the Southern African struggles against colonialism, occupation and white minority rule. While Volume I set out to identify the actors and factors behind the involvement, the aim of the present volume is to illustrate the Swedish participation.

The focus of this study is on official assistance to the national liberation movements but the important role played by the organized Swedish solidarity movement and other non-governmental organizations also forms part of the narration. The study also attempts to contribute to a broader understanding of the international aspects of the Thirty Years’ War in the region, a significant chapter in the quest for national self-determination, democracy and human rights towards the end of the troubled 20th century.

Primarily written for the general reader interested in relations between Sweden and the Southern African liberation movements, the presentation should also provide material and theoretical enquiries with regard to, for example, Swedish foreign policy in the cold war era; regional developments in a bipolar world; and the diplomatic initiatives, political alliances and material conditions of the different movements.

This book is a part of the Nordic Africa Institute’s Research Project National Liberation in Southern Africa. The Role of the Nordic Countries. The result of the project is a unique documentation, mainly drawing on hitherto restricted official primary sources. This book, together with the other studies published within the project, forms a valuable reference source for everyone interested in the 20th century history of Southern Africa in particular or North/South and international relations in general.

Based at the Nordic Africa Institute between 1994 and 2001, Tor Sellström was a coordinator of the project National Liberation in Southern Africa. The Role of the Nordic Countries. He serves as an advisor to the Africa Department of Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida.

Other books from the Research Project National Liberation in Southern Africa. The Role of the Nordic Countries.

Norway and National Liberation in Southern Africa
2000, 416 pp, cloth , 91-7106-447-8
SEK 390, GB£ 32.95, US$ 49.90

Sweden and National Liberation in Southern Africa VOLUME I: Formation of a Popular Opinion (1950-1970)
1999, 541 pp, cloth, 91-7106-430-3
SEK 490, GB£ 46.95, US$ 69.95

Liberation in Southern Africa - Regional and Swedish Voices. Interviews from Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, the Frontline and Sweden
1999, 365 pp, cloth, 91-7106-438-9
SEK 280, GB£ 23.95, US$ 31.95

SOIRI, IINA & PEKKA PELTOLA Finland and National Liberation in Southern Africa
1999, 213 pp, hard cover, 91-7106-431-1
SEK 200, GB£ 16.95, US$ 24.95

Keywords: Churches, Foreign relations, National liberation movements, Solidarity organizations, Trade unions, youth organisations, ANC, FRELIMO, Inkatha, MPLA, PAC, PAIGC, SWAPO, UDF, ZANU, ZAPU, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Sweden, Zimbabwe

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