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SAUNDERS, Christopher. Namibia's liberation struggle and resistance: A critical view of some recent perspectives. Historia [online]. 2015, vol.60, n.2, pp.201-211. ISSN 2309-8392.

This review article critically reviews five recent books relating to the history of Namibia's late twentieth-century liberation struggle. One is a general history of that struggle, one focuses on the Cuban role, and another on the role of the United Nations. There is a memoir by someone who turned against the main liberation movement, SWAPO, and a collection of essays on different aspects of resistance in Namibian history. All provide valuable insights, yet all are limited in the contributions they make to our understanding of the struggle. While it is good to see the nationalist interpretation of that struggle being challenged, there remain many topics for future scholars to explore and new perspectives to be opened up.

Keywords : Namibia; South West Africa; liberation struggle; resistance; South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO).

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