The Diplomacy of Liberation: The Foreign Relations of the ANC Since 1960

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I.B.Tauris, 1996 - Political Science - 333 pages
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After the Sharpeville massacre of 1960 precipitated a popular uprising and the subsequent arrest of the ANC's military wing, organized opposition to apartheid within South Africa was eliminated. For 30 years the ANC led a shadowy existence in exile and its most basic problem was one of survival. This book offers and explanation of how the foreign relations of the ANC contributed to its survival and looks at the closely related issue of how the ANC's alliance with the South African Communist Party and the support of the Soviet Union solved the problem of how to continue financing the armed struggle.

Examining the ANC's diplomacy in action, Thomas shows how the liberation movement attained its main diplomatic objectives - the mobilization of international support for mandatory sanctions; the arms embargo and the diplomatic isolation of South Africa; and the translation of international opposition to apartheid into support for the ANC as the sole legitimate representative of South Africa's oppressed people.
  

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Contents

Early ANC Strategy and Structure
2
The External Mission and Early ANC Diplomacy
26
Strategy Structure and International Relations
49
The Organisation of African Unity
72
The NonAligned Movement
95
The United Nations
109
Africa
127
The Communist Powers
149
The Western Powers
173
Coming in from the Cold 19851990
199
Nelson Mandelas Worldwide Tour in Defence
216
Conclusion
230
Notes
241
Selected Bibliography
311
Index
327
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Scott Thomas is an entertainment journalist who has covered the television medium for publications such as "RetroVision" and "Sci-Fi Universe," He lives in New York City.

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