Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War

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byRicardo Soares de Oliveira

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Magnificent and Beggar Land is a powerful account of fast-changing dynamics in Angola, an important African state that is a key exporter of oil and diamonds and a growing power on the continent. Based on three years of research and extensive first-hand knowledge of Angola, it documents therise of a major economy and its insertion in the international system since it emerged in 2002 from one of Africa's longest and deadliest civil wars.The government, backed by a strategic alliance with China and working hand in glove with hundreds of thousands of expatriates, many from the former colonial power, Portugal, has pursued an ambitious agenda of state-led national reconstruction. This has resulted in double-digit growth in Sub-SaharanAfrica's third largest economy and a state budget in excess of total western aid to the entire continent.Scarred by a history of slave trading, colonial plunder and war, Angolans now aspire to the building of a decent society. How has the regime, led by President Jose Eduardo dos Santos since 1979, dealt with these challenges, and can it deliver on popular expectations? Soares de Oliveira's book chartsthe remarkable course the country has taken in recent years.

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Magnificent and Beggar Land is a powerful account of fast-changing dynamics in Angola, an important African state that is a key exporter of oil and diamonds and a growing power on the continent. Based on three years of research and extensive first-hand knowledge of Angola, it documents therise of a major economy and its insertion in th...

Ricardo Soares de Oliveira is Associate Professor in Comparative Politics, University of Oxford, fellow of St Peter's College, Oxford, and fellow of the Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 31, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface and AcknowledgmentsAcronymsMapsIntroduction. "Angola Starts Now"1. In the Shadow of War: Oil and the Making of the Parallel System2. The Spectacle of Reconstruction3. The Consolidation of the MPLA Party-State4. Oligarchic Capitalism, Angola-Style5. Angola Rising: International Strategies in the Peace EraConclusion. Post-Postwar AngolaBibliographyIndex

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"This is a stunning book, which takes the lid off Angola in a way that I have never seen equalled for any African state and does it, moreover, for a state which is both extremely important and very little known. It is superbly written, and draws on a detailed familiarity that gives a feel forthe place that no amount of simple fact gathering could ever convey. It will be absolutely essential for understanding Angola. At the same time, it paints a convincing picture of the African oil state that will have a resonance well beyond Angola, and should bring it to the attention of anyoneconcerned with African development, and especially the 'African miracle' that has been built largely on the back of temporarily booming commodity prices." --Christopher Clapham, Professor, Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge