Abstract

Abstract:

This article explores the place of the USSR in the imagination, circuitry, and everyday practice of the early Mozambican nationalist movement configuring itself in exile in Dar es Salaam. Soviet plans, like those of the US, for engaging African liberation movements were ambitiously imagined, but superpower influence cohered within relatively narrow, if global, corridors. This impact (through funding, scholarships, and more) was at once significant and unfolded in unpredictable ways. The article traces these contingent forms across scales of "comrade life," from the leadership rivalries playing out between Dar, Accra, Moscow, Washington DC, and Cairo, to the "view from the veranda": the aspirations, grievances, and material strug les that marked the daily rhythms of life for rank-and-file cadres. What emerges is a less-familiar face of the USSR in Africa. Rather than the Cold War superpower confidently guiding its impact, it appears here as an intimate part of an African-managed infrastructure of political exile.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-226X
Print ISSN
1089-201X
Pages
pp. 11-26
Launched on MUSE
2021-04-26
Open Access
No
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