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Kevin O'Sullivan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086021

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086021.001.0001

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‘Boks Amach’

‘Boks Amach’

Southern Africa, popular protest and foreign policy

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Ireland, Africa and the end of empire

Kevin O’Sullivan

Manchester University Press

This chapter tackles two of the themes that are at the heart of this book. First, it argues that the radicalisation of Afro-Asian demands at the UN – most visibly in the response to minority rule in Rhodesia, Portuguese Africa, South Africa, and South West Africa – not only distanced the ‘fire brigade’ states further from the anti-colonial cause, it forced them to seek out new policy avenues, and new ways of expressing their identities in a changing international system. Second, this chapter shows how the growing strength of the international anti-apartheid movement, combined with the rise of the counter-culture and the tensions that spread throughout Europe and North America in the late 1960s, drew individuals, politicians, and local pressure groups into global conversations and measures for a global reaction. The result, described here in the response to the 1970 South African rugby tour of Britain and Ireland, was a further shift in the location of political and popular action.

Keywords:   Anti-apartheid movement, Ireland, Rhodesia, South Africa, South West Africa, Transnational activism

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