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Soldiers of Misfortune: The Angolan Civil War, the British Mercenary Intervention, and UK policy towards Southern Africa, 1975-6

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-512
Number of pages20
JournalINTERNATIONAL HISTORY REVIEW
Volume36
Issue number3
Early online date8 Jan 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

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  • Angola_article_IHR

    Angola_article_IHR.doc, 154 KB, application/msword

    23/09/2015

    Accepted author manuscript

    This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The International History Review on 08/01/2014, available online: dx.doi.org/10.1080/07075332.2013.836120

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Abstract

This article examines the controversial involvement of British mercenaries in the early phases of the Angolan civil war (1975–6), and analyses the effect of their intervention on UK domestic politics and foreign affairs. It concludes that the mercenaries involved - who fought with the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) in January 1976 - were recruited largely as a result of private initiative, and that the available evidence suggests that the British government was not officially complicit in their enlistment. This article also shows that the mercenary intervention not only sharpened party-political differences between the Conservative and Labour parties over East–West relations, but also contributed to domestic fears of right-wing paramilitary activity within Britain itself.

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