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Introduction. Thinking about Nationalisms & Nations in Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique

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In this chapter, the historical connections between anticolonialism and nationalism will require the discussion of universal concepts, while also exploring the particularities of Portugal's former African Empire. The general idea is to contest the interchangeable use of the words 'anticolonialism' and 'nationalism', as well as to understand why these words are used so interchangeably. The colonial period was a time of State recession in Africa. The view of the nation-state in Africa stems from the European model, the chapter explains why a certain kind of Marxism has reinforced this Eurocentrism. Former colonies have experienced three kinds of evolution in relation to their former "mother countries:" independence without decolonisation, decolonisation without independence, and independence with decolonisation. The first category is most widespread in the former Spanish and Portuguese Americas. Portuguese imperialism in Africa is part of the diversified family of European imperialisms.

Keywords:anticolonialism; European imperialisms; Marxism; nationalism



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