n Historia - Bush War: The Road to Cuito Cuanvale : Soviet Soldiers' Accounts of the Angolan Gennady Shubin and Andrei Tokarev (Eds.) : book review
|Article Title||Bush War: The Road to Cuito Cuanvale : Soviet Soldiers' Accounts of the Angolan Gennady Shubin and Andrei Tokarev (Eds.) : book review|
|© Publisher:||Historical Association of South Africa (HASA)|
|Affiliations||1 Rhodes University|
|Publication Date||Nov 2012|
|Pages||509 - 515|
The publication of a South African edition of the recollections of Soviet military advisers who served in Angola during the late 1970s and 1980s is something of an anomaly in the burgeoning corpus of literature on the regional conflict. The Russian edition formed part of a series called the Oral History of Forgotten Wars. The war might be forgotten throughout the length and breadth of the erstwhile Soviet empire but in South Africa there is currently considerable interest in the history and legacy of the conflict. Internet sites, memoirs, novels, as well as photographic and art exhibits that include "Border War" or "Bush War" in the title have proliferated. The use of the latter phrase in the title of the book under review is obviously a marketing ploy that seeks to capitalise on its recognition value for South African readers. It almost certainly does not feature in the Russian vocabulary about the Angolan War.
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