How can a people overthrow 500 years of colonial oppression? What can be done to decolonize mentalities, economic structures, and political institutions? In this book, which includes the first translation of the text `Analysis of a Few Types of Resistance' as well as `The Role of Culture in the Struggle for Independence,' the African revolutionary Amilcar Cabral explores these and other questions. These texts demonstrate his frank and insightful directives to his comrades in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde's party for independence, as well as reflections on culture and combat written the year prior to his assassination by the Portuguese secret police.
As one of the most important and profound African revolutionary leaders in the 20th century, and justly compared in importance to Frantz Fanon, Cabral's thoughts and instructions as articulated here help us to rethink important issues concerning nationalism, culture, vanguardism, revolution, liberation, colonialism, race, and history. The volume also includes two introductory essays: the first introduces Cabral's work within the context of Africana critical theory, and the second situates these texts in the context their historical-political context and analyzes their relevance for contemporary anti-imperialism.
Amilcar Cabral (1924-1973) was a writer, intellectual and one of Africa's foremost anticolonial leaders. He led the nationalist movement for Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde Islands and the ensuing revolution for independence in Guinea Bissau. He was assassinated by the Portuguese secret police in January 1973. Dan Wood, the translator, is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Villanova University. Reiland Rabaka is Professor of African, African American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Acknowledgments / Part I. Amilcar Cabral and Critical Theory: Introductions, Investigations, and Interpretations / 1. The Weapon of Critical Theory: Amilcar Cabral, Cabralism, and Africana Critical Theory, Reiland Rabaka / 2. Imbrications of Coloniality: An Introduction to Cabralist Critical Theory in Relation to Contemporary Struggles, Dan Wood / Bibliography to Part I / Translator's Note / Bibliography to the Translator's Note / Part II. Analysis of a Few Types of Resistance / 3. Political Resistance / 4. Economic Resistance / 5. Cultural Resistance / 6. Armed Resistance / 7. The Role of Culture in the Struggle for Independence / Index