chapter  2
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REGIONAL DYNAMICS OF NAMIBIAN NATIONALISM. 1949-66

As much as southern African regional actors contributed to the emergence of Namibia as an issue of United Nations diplo­ macy, the regional dimension complemented significantly the local dynamics of anti-colonialism, nationalism and their repression inside Namibia. During the fifties, the dynamics of resistance in South Africa and leaders of South African oppo­ sition movements played an important role in the very forma­ tion of Namibian nationalism as reflected in the formation of SWAPO and SWANU. The rapid decolonization in Africa in the early sixties also accelerated the movement for national emancipation in southern Africa where exile politics and the preparation for armed struggle became its salient feature.