History and contemporary memory in Angola
John Thornton (Boston University)
John K Thornton
Start time:
29 June, 2013 at 9:00
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Short abstract:

Will examine aspects of Angola's history in the 17th century and the modern memory of the period.

Long abstract:

The seventeenth century is well documented in Angola and includes both a local and international dimension. During this period, some African powers negotiated in Europe to make alliances against the Portuguese colonial presence, while others engaged in lower level resistance at the local level. The period was a dramatic one, and included both an international alliance by Kongo, followed by another led by Queen Njinga and local resistance in Kisama, south of the colony. The events of this period had long term impacts, and are remembered today both by Angolans and in Brazil, particular the role of Queen Njinga a player on both dimensions.