First published in 1980.  Toward the end of 1975 the author decided to edit a collection of essays on political developments in Southern Africa. Regional events since the Portuguese coup in April 1974 had already made an enormous impact, first suggesting the possibilities of peaceful accommodation between South Africa and its neighbors, but then demonstrating the destructive impact in Angola of widespread international intervention (in the latter half of 1975). From 1975 to the present, events in Southern Africa have neared center stage in international attention, but, as these essays will show, outstanding regional differences are no closer to peaceful resolution in late 1979 than they were in early 1976.

part Part 1|21 pages

The Triggering Event

chapter 1|19 pages

Portuguese Withdrawal from Africa, 1974-1975: The Angolan Case

ByDouglas L. Wheeler

part Part 2|36 pages

The Internationalization of Regional Conflict: Angola and Its Aftermath

chapter 2|19 pages

The Cuban Role in Southern Africa

ByMaurice Halperin

chapter 3|14 pages

The Soviet Role in Southern Africa

ByChristopher Stevens

part Part 3|38 pages

Territories in Transition? Zimbabwe Rhodesia and South West Africa/Namibia

chapter 4|18 pages

Zimbabwe and Southern African “Détente”

ByC. Munhamu Botsio Utete

chapter 5|18 pages

South West Africa/Namibia: A Study in Polarization and Confrontation

ByGerhard Tötemeyer, John Seiler

part Part 4|17 pages

South Africa in the Region

chapter 6|15 pages

South Africa's Regional Role

ByJohn Seiler

part Part 5|66 pages

The Widening Conflict Within South Africa

part Part 6|53 pages

Black African Governments in Regional Politics

chapter 11|12 pages

Independent African States and the Struggle for Southern Africa

ByAli A. Mazrui, David F. Gordon

chapter 12|18 pages

The Portuguese Coup and Zaire's Southern Africa Policy

ByCrawford Young

chapter 13|21 pages

Independent Mozambique and Its Regional Policy

ByKeith Middlemas