The White Redoubt

the Great Powers and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1960 - 1980



This work examines the attempt by the governments of Portugal, Rhodesia and South Africa to defy the drive for African independence in the 1960s and 70s, and the international community’s response. From 1961 to 1974, Portugal, Rhodesia and South Africa collaborated in the attempt to preserve white minority rule in their respective territories. Hard-pressed by African nationalists, recently decolonized states, and many of the world’s Great Powers, they supported each other economically, politically and militarily, turning southern Africa into a major diplomatic concern which defied Cold War logic. This book examines how this collaboration came about and how the international community responded to it.


...De Meneses and McNamara effectively provide the first rigorous study of regional state relations in Southern Africa between 1960 and 1980 … This book constitutes a very impressive feat of archival excavation. … a very important addition to the literature on Southern African decolonization and wars of liberation. - Matthew J. Lord


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