Historical Dictionary of Angola (Historical Dictionaries of Africa) (Hardcover)

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Angola, slowly recovering from a twenty-seven year civil war, is becoming a regional super-power in southern Africa. This rise can be attributed to oil, diamonds, a battle-tested armed forces and a political system that is dominated by one party - the Movimento Popular de Liberta o de Angola (the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola - MPLA). Problems remain to be solved. The vast wealth is in the control of the elite while the vast majority of the people live on less than two dollars per day. Corruption is rife, the health and education system in shambles, landmines remain a festering problem and the opposition is intimidated and split into various factions. President Eduardo dos Santos, who has ruled Angola for almost thirty-eight years, has opted not to run for re-election in the August 2017 elections. Instead his hand-picked successor Jo o Louren o was elected president. Interestingly, dos Santos has not surrendered his presidency of the party.

This third edition of Historical Dictionary of Angola contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Angola.

About the Author

W. Martin James is a professor of Political Science at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He has written several book and numerous articles about Angola. He served as an election monitor to the 1992 Angolan National elections and visited UNITA's Tenth Party Congress in 2007.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781538111222
ISBN-10: 1538111225
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: March 1st, 2018
Pages: 572
Language: English
Series: Historical Dictionaries of Africa