n Journal for Contemporary History - Conflict between South Africa and Mozambique, 1975 - 1989, within the framework of the Cold War and regional tensions

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



Revolutionary warfare was the most prevalent form of conflict against colonial and minority governments during the Cold War era. The strategies of both the insurgents / revolutionaries and the government would thus focus on the population and the international community as manifested in different dimensions of the struggle. The insurgents would try to create alternative political and socio-economic structures in order to turn the population against the government. The struggle in the international arena constituted two subdimensions, the mobilisation of the international community to put the government under economic and political pressure and the support of neighbouring states for the insurgency.

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