Introduction. Amilcar Cabral and the Idea of Anticolonial Revolution

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This article intends to be a contribution to the present issue, entirely dedicated to Amilcar Cabral and the Idea of the Anticolonial Revolution. The main goal is to shift and decentralize the emphasis so far exclusively laid upon the historical weight of Cabral as an individual. In other words, we propose a more inclusive analysis and an approach that does not overlook the multiplicity of interactions and connexions, as well as how several interconnected elements hardly related to the figure of Cabral fostered the process of the liberation struggle of Guinea and Cabo Verde and brought it into fruition. In this introductory considerations we will address three main topics. First, we address Amilcar Cabral and PAIGC's liberation project of struggle in relation with the domestic and transnational wave of decolonization from the same period. Secondly, we briefly outline the different topics so far discussed in the academic and non-academic works related to the history of liberation of Guinea and Cabo Verde, as well as how certain perspectives influenced the understanding of this history. Finally, we highlight the pertinence of the topic of this volume and identify the contribution of each of the different case studies presented in the articles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-35
Number of pages27
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


  • anticolonial revolution
  • Guinea-Bissau/Cabo Verde
  • Amilcar Cabral


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