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3 - Dreams And Agency During Angola's War Of Independence

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The Union of the Peoples of Angola (UPA) was formed in 1958 in the Belgian Congo by Angolan emigrants, and its leadership was based in Matadi and Leopoldville. By 1961 it had a large following in northern Angola and the Portuguese regarded the movement as the most dangerous threat to the colonial regime in Angola. Soon after most African states obtained independence from colonial rule in the early 1960s, there was a sharp increase in studies of anti-colonial resistance. Dreams could be a field of study that is usually not interpreted when considering politics and nationalism. The relationship between dreams and resistance has not received much attention in scholarly research. In the Holy War against the Portuguese, God would show Angolans how to liberate the land. Domination was evil and so resistance to it had to include much more than a military onslaught that chased the colonialists.

Keywords: Angola; Angolan emigrants; colonial rule; Portuguese; UPA; war



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