INTRODUCTION: The Liberation Struggle as a Mnemonic Device
THE STRUGGLE AS THE CRADLE OF THE INDEPENDENT NATION Building the Nation State and the centrality of the struggle The "return to Africa" through music The end of the union with Guinea-Bissau and its impacts Recalibrating memory Between two ruptures
THE STRUGGLE IN THE MNEMONIC TRANSITION The political transition: causes and processes The return of removed images A new paradigm of remembrance The change in national symbols The mnemonic transition: reasons and circumstances
THE STRUGGLE AND THE IMAGE OF THE COMBATANT Constructing the liberation struggle combatant Public recognition and political disputes The diversification of the image of the "combatant" A composite memorial framework
THE STRUGGLE AND CABRAL'S AFTERLIVES Crossroads of memory Questioning Cabral Alternative representations The new heirs: Protest and appropriations EPILOGUE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.
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Remembering the Liberation Struggles in Cape Verde: A Mnemohistory takes as its reference from the anti-colonial struggles against the Portuguese colonial empire in Africa in the 1960s and 1970s and the ways this period has been publicly remembered. Drawing on original and detailed empirical research, it presents novel insights into the complex entanglements between colonial pasts and political memories of anti-colonialism in shaping new nations arising out of liberation struggles. Broadening postcolonial memory studies by emphasising underdeveloped research cases, it provides the first comprehensive research into how the liberation struggle is memorialised in Cape Verde and why it changes over time. Proposing an innovative approach to thinking about this historical event as a political subject, the book argues that the "struggle" constitutes a mnemonic device mobilised while negotiating contemporaneous representations related to the Cape Verdean nation, state and society. As such, it will appeal to scholars of history, sociology, anthropology and politics with interests in memory studies and public memory, postcolonialisms and African studies. The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Portugal, colonial aphasia and the public memory of war / Miguel Cardina
Politics of memory and silence: Angola's liberation struggle in postcolonial times / Vasco Martins
The liberation struggle and the politics of heroism in Mozambique: the war veterans as remains of memory / Natália Bueno and Bruno Sena Martins
Mantenhas para quem luta! : Evoking the liberation struggle in postcolonial Guinea-Bissau / Inês Nascimento Rodrigues
Monuments to the colonial war: a 60-year portrait / André Caiado
Memoryscapes of the liberation struggle in Cape Verde / Miguel Cardina and Inês Nascimento Rodrigues
Historical controversies, netoscapes and public memory in Luanda / Vasco Martins
The past is (not) another country: discursive dynamics and representations of the colonial war in digital space / Verónica Ferreira
Transitional justice mechanisms and memory : a look into Mozambique's liberation war narrative / Natália Bueno
Western representations of the liberation struggle in Guinea-Bissau / Teresa Almeida Cravo
Who is the combatant? A diachronic reading based on Cape Verde and São Tomé e Príncipe / Inês Nascimento Rodrigues and Miguel Cardina
The subaltern pasts of the Portuguese colonial war and the liberation struggles: memories in search of a homeland / Bruno Sena Martins.
"The Portuguese Colonial War and the African Liberation Struggles: Memory, Politics and Uses of the Past presents a critical and comparative analysis on the memory of the colonial and liberation wars that led to the independence of five new African countries: Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe. Covering more than six decades and based on original archival research, critical analysis of sources and interviews, the book offers the first plural account of the public memorialization of this contested past Lusophone Africa, focusing on diachronic and synchronic processes of mnemonic production. This innovative exercise highlights the changing and crossed nature of political memories and social representations through time, emphasizing three modes of mnemonic intersections: the intersection of distinct historical times; the intersection between multiple products and practices of memory; and the intersection connecting the different countries and national histories. The Portuguese Colonial War and the African Liberation Struggles: Memory, Politics and Uses of the Past is the major and final output of the research developed by CROME - Crossed Memories, Politics of Silence, a project funded by a Starting Grant (715593) from the European Research Council (ERC). The book advances current knowledge on Lusophone Africa and deepens ongoing conceptual and epistemological discussions regarding the relationship between social and individual memories, the dialectics between memory, power and silence, and the uses and representations of the past in postcolonial states and societies"-- Provided by publisher.