Angola and Mozambique: A Study in Assimilation

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international studies, Angola, Mozambique, assimilation, race, nationalism


Africana Studies | African History | African Studies | International and Area Studies | Political Science | Race and Ethnicity


The Portuguese in Africa are attempting an experiment. The experiment failed with the French in Africa, and most of the world is standing about breathlessly waiting for the Portuguese to fail. The experiment is the assimilation of territories geographically, racially and ethnically distinct from Portugal into a single Portuguese State. The word "assimilation"has two meanings in the context of this paper: first, it means the political amalgamation of the territories into the metropole; and, second, it means the absorption of the African into Portuguese civilization. This study deals with the former meaning of the word, but attainment of the second type is vitally necessary to this.

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