The Hot 'Cold War'

The USSR in Southern Africa

Vladimir Shubin



This book analyses the causes of armed conflicts in Southern Africa during the Cold War. It examines the influence of the various external forces in the region during this period and their relationship to local movements and governments. The book focuses on states experiencing violent internal conflict and foreign intervention, that is Angola, Mozambique, Namibia , South Africa and Zimbabwe. The author provides an unique history of the key part that the Soviet Union played in these developments. Spanning 30 years, the book explores how each country struggled for genuine independence against colonialism and apartheid and their place in the wider conflicts encompassed by the Cold War.


The Soviet Union's connection with Africa and southern Africa in particular has not yet been adequately evaluated. ... Vladimir Shubin provides an illuminating, well researched and accessible account of the forces at work and the factors determining policies at particular times. - Raymond Suttner


Vladimir Shubin is deputy Director of of the Institute for African Studies in the Russian Academy of Sciences. Before joining the Academy from the 1960s he was involved in both the political and practical support for the armed struggles in an official capacity for the Soviet Union, during which time he had extensive contact with the leaders of the liberation movements.