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“You are a political soldier” : the people’s war in N’wamitwa 1989-1994

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dc.contributor.author Lundeberg, Faelan
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-30T17:05:01Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-30T17:05:01Z
dc.date.copyright 2019 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-08-30
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/11092
dc.description.abstract In the waning days of apartheid, an operative of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of South Africa’s most powerful dissident organization the African National Congress, returned to his home community of N’wamitwa after over a decade in exile. His mission was to spark a people’s war, an imported form of revolutionary warfare developed by Mao Zedong and perfected by the North Vietnamese in their revolutionary struggles. In this thesis I examine the political context in which the ANC chose to adopt the strategy and how it was imported into South Africa. The later chapters of this thesis use N’wamitwa as a case study examining how a people’s war is successfully implemented on the ground. I argue that one can see the three phases of a people’s war as articulated by Mao play out in N’wamitwa between the years 1989 to 1994 This piece was largely written and researched using oral testimony from nine former members of the MK in N’wamitwa and thus can also be seen as a collection of personal histories of the South African Freedom Struggle. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject African National Congress en_US
dc.subject Umkhonto we Sizwe en_US
dc.subject ANC en_US
dc.subject MK en_US
dc.subject People's War en_US
dc.subject Insurgency en_US
dc.subject N'wamitwa en_US
dc.title “You are a political soldier” : the people’s war in N’wamitwa 1989-1994 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Vibert, Elizabeth
dc.degree.department Department of History en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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