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Total Onslaught: War and Revolution in Southern Africa Since 1945 Summary Õ 2 ß [KINDLE] ❄ Total Onslaught: War and Revolution in Southern Africa Since 1945 By Paul Moorcraft – The end of the Second World War may have heralded peace in Europe but conflicts in SoutheAr with democratic principles Total Onslaught Kindle resulted Liberation movements such as those in South Africa demanded self rule and end to Apartheid Tribal feuds corruption and the ambitions of dictators led toconflicts such as the protracted fighting in the Congo These were wars that ran on until both sides were exhausted often only to be re kindled. At first heft as in picking it up off the shelf “Total Onslaught” may feel like a daunting juggernaut A few pages in and anyone with even a passing interest in the struggles and politics that shaped southern Africa will find it well worth the effort With his trademark deft and readable touch Paul Moorcraft weaves scholarship painstaking research and military expertise into an engrossing narrative of sweeping historical perspective That’s in no small measure because the author is no mere armchair academic He’s also an accomplished professional journalist who’s met personally with most of the major players and got his boots dirty and his adrenalin pumping in the danger zones about which he writes most conspicuously Angola Namibia Rhodesia and MozambiueThis latest work by one of the most prolific chroniclers of conflict and the politics and social forces that drive it is arguably his best yet destined to be a go to reference work helped out by generous appendices and acronym translations on the last seven decades of southern Africa’s turbulent history

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After short periods of uneasy peace The cost in human and Onslaught War and eBook #9734 material terms has been devastating and in too many cases remain so Economic development has been frustrated and the result is often poverty abuse and genocide The Author who knows Southern Africa as a native is superbly euipped to tell this fascinating if tragic recor. Total Onslaught War and Revolution in southern Africa since 1945By Paul Moorcraft Pen and Sword Ltd UK 2018During the heyday of UDI RhodesiaSouth African apartheid and the fight for independence from Portuguese colonial rule in Angola and Mozambiue enormous press attention was paid to these struggles especially during the period 1960 to 1994The world was witnessing a titanic convulsion the end game of an entire post world war 11 era of decolonisation When Nelson Mandela calmly strolled through the gates of prison in Cape Town to freedom in 1990 it was a defining moment in time following decades of retreat that had seen European countries abandon their colonies and empires across the Far East and throughout AfricaThe common theme was that these colonial exits all occurred on the anvil of the cold war and dozens of countries were the scene of proxy battles whose belligerents were supported by Moscow and WashingtonHundreds of books narrating these events saw the light of day tens of thousands of newspaper articles and then uite suddenly sometime around 1995 it all went uiet on the southern Africa front Few books appeared World attention switched to other theatres of concern and what had seemed so important just a few years before suddenly seemed unimportant The cold war ended in 1989 the Soviet Russian empire dwindled both in actual size and influence and the 'end of history' was prophesiedOf course that prophecy turned out to be nonsense and communist threats were replaced by religious threats and the world has entered a completely new phase of history but one that only makes sense when all the threads are drawn togetherThis is the inestimable favour that Prof Paul Moorcraft has done us with this erudite wide ranging insightful and brilliantly timed book which revisits that far off landscape through fresh eyes Prof Moorcraft has been at home in his other books describing events through his own experiences as a journalistic witness He was at the front line of early events in Afghanistan for example travelling through 'bandit' territory on the back of an ass notebook in hand Total Onslaught on the other hand is a thoroughly academic work deeply researched with an impressive bibliography but written in a very accessible style The narrative carries us forward from the days of Pax Britannica the 'winds of change' the colonial wars in Angola Namibia Mozambiue and Rhodesia and finally to war in South Africa itself concluding with the overthrow of President Mugabe and the end of the Zuma era Bang right up to dateProf Moorcraft's speciality is military history and tactics and his analysis of events is offered through the prism of a military historian Time and again the reader is struck by a fresh insight into the reasons behind events which have seemed familiar The military industrial complex in South Africa is credited with playing a much greater role in the actual ending of apartheid than the hapless revolutionary forces of the ANC and Moorcraft is careful to cite respectable authorities in this regard The sense of pragmatic military calculation having been behind so much of the 'action' in smoky backrooms where policy was worked out by the Afrikaner nationalists is reinforced throughout Mo

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Total Onslaught War and Revolution in Southern Africa Since 1945The end of the Second World War and Epub #219 War may have heralded peace in Europe but conflicts in Southern Africa were about to begin The imperial powers were weakened by the cost of war and a string of wars challenged colonial rule in countries such as Namibia Angola and Rhodesia Once independence was achieved civil wars between rival factions unfamili. Total Onslaught is a very welcome addition to scholarship on conflict in Africa a continent rapidly emerging as of pivotal strategic political and economic interest to Europe If there is one thing the British have done well it is reporting on Africa and particularly war in Africa In an era however when Africa hands are rapidly being replaced by regional stringers or by foreign correspondents who fly into Africa for a few days and then return to Europe or Los Angeles Paul Moorcraft's book amply demonstrates the value of Africa specialists or this case informed commentary on the wars of southern Africa This book will become compulsory reading not just for aspiring foreign correspondents but also in western and African and Chinese military academies It is not just that Moorcraft brings so much to the table a background as a military instructor at Sandhurst and Staff College as well having been a jobbing journalist and academic but he has actually spent so much time in the field at the heart of the conflicts about which he writes This is borne out by the details in the book and the many gritty hands on photographs of soldiers and insurgents throughout the book taken personally by the author Moorcraft has spent many years criss crossing southern Africa and has known presidents guerrilla leaders and spy masters across the region obtaining for example the first interview with the soon to be President Robert Mugabe as well as spending weeks in the bush with Mugabe's bitter enemy RENAMO leader Afonso Dhlakama in Mozambiue It is also a pleasure to note that the endnotes add ever colour to this study Moorcraft was already the leading historian of the Rhodesian bush war itself a fascinating chapter in the book Total Onslaught establishes him with a similar claim with regards to conflict in post war southern Africa