The First World war in Mozambique: public discourses and representations of identity

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Abstract

The defence of the Portuguese colonial empire’s integrity has often been signalled by historians as one of the factors which justified the declaration of war against Germany, in March 1916, and Portugal’s participation in the European theatre of operations, alongside its ally, Great Britain, from early 1917 onwards. This article seeks to analyse the ways in which the outbreak of the First World War was perceived by Portugal as an opportunity to regain the country’s lost international role as an imperial power, it will also examine how the conflict was experienced in Mozambique, in order to explore Portugal’s role in wartime Africa. The article will conclude if the military intervention contributed, or not, to sustain the narrative of the country’s imperial mission.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalNational Identities
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • colonialism
  • empire
  • First World war
  • Mozambique
  • Portugal

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