The involvement of Moscow in the war against insurgency in Angola, seen through the eyes of former combatants (1975-1991)

From the initiative of the Soviet internationalist combatants in the Angola war, rise up an Organization of Angola Veterans, to collect and share the experiences of the soviet contingent in that specific war. Through the mediation of the Organization it was possible collect a lot of information discussed in this research. The investigation was conducted based on interviews with veterans, and reading the diaries of the soldiers about their memories on specific topics in Angola. We analyzed three different aspects of experience from those soldiers who served in the internationalist war in Angola, because they asked themselves these main questions: “How I found out that I would go to Angola?”; “How did I arrived there?” ; “How was the arrival and reception from the locals”?

About the Author

Kelly Cristina graduated in History in the University of São Paulo (2001), and holds a Master degree in Social History from the University of São Paulo (2005) and PhD from the Université Paris IV – Sorbonne, where she worked under the supervision of PhD Professor Luiz Felipe de Alencastro (2014). She works in Contemporary History, with emphasis in History of Africa, having concentrated her research on the formation of the new man in the first government of Angola (1975-1979). Also works on the political and military relations between Angola and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), between 1965 and 1985. Currently, develops a post-doctoral research under the supervision of PhD Professor Luiz Felipe de Alencastro, entitled “From the MPLA to Angola. The civil war, internal crises, local conflicts and external support in recent files (1973-1978)”, in the São Paulo School of Economics (Getulio Vargas Foundation – EESP/FGV).


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