By Ângela Campos
This e-book explores the lived reminiscence of the Portuguese colonial struggle (1961-1974) throughout the research of thirty-six oral historical past interviews with ex-combatants of this clash. The meanings that the warring parties attributed to their warfare stories then and now are the book’s analytical concentration. This undertaking seeks to reply to the next questions: how has the general public reminiscence of this colonial clash built in Portugal from 1974 to nearly 2010? what concerns does an oral historian come upon while carrying out interviews with veterans on a earlier that continues to be demanding for plenty of? what have been – and are – the main major facets of the battle event and its aftermath for the veterans? how do the veterans understand their workforce identification and their historic state of affairs? and what cutting edge views does oral historical past supply to the historiography of the Portuguese colonial war?
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An Oral History of the Portuguese Colonial War: Conscripted Generation by Ângela Campos