Amilcar Cabral, born in 1921 in Guinea-Bissau, had his early education in Guinea and did his university studies in Portugal. Cabral found himself active in the nationalist struggle, a political context that enabled him to reflect on several aspects of the armed struggle. He developed his understanding and theories of the national liberation struggle in the political context of militant nationalism; he fought as he wrote incisively about that struggle, and passionately struggled as he wrote. This dialectical experience enriched his theoretical understanding of the aims, goals, strategies and ideologies that informed the nature of political involvement in the movement for national liberation. This new edition of Cabral's work includes a chapter on 'Return to the Source' that emphasises culture as a form of struggle. Cabral's work remains one of the most influential texts written on the imperatives of rethinking the political, ecomic and cultural debates on identity, nationality, and the discourses of Africanisation. This second edition comes at a time when Cabral's work is being re-evaluated across disciplines such as sociology, history, literature, and cultural studies. A new introduction to this edition, by Maurice Taonezvi Vambe (Associate Professor of English, University of South Africa) and Abebe Zegeye (Primedia Chair of Holocaust and Gecide Studies, University of South Africa), situates Cabral's work in the context of the debates on African renaissances.
Maurice Taonezvi Vambe is Professor of English Literature in the department of English Studies at UNISA. He is the editor of the forthcoming journal Imbizo: International Journal of African Literary and Comparative Studies at the University of South Africa. Prof Vambe is the author of African Oral story telling tradition and the Zimbabwean Novel in English(2004), and has written numerous academic articles on African Literature. He has edited The Hidden Dimensions of Operation Murambatsvina(2008), co-edited Charles Mungoshi: A Critical Reader(2006) and published a monograph, Versions and Subversions of Chimurenga Music In Post Independence Zimbabwe(2004). His academic interests are in representations of genocide in African Literatures. Abebe Zegeye, D. Phil (Oxford) is Primedia chair & Professor of Sociology at the University of South Africa. His research interests are Identities, African studies, Black studies, Theory, Film studies and representation. He has published widely as co-editor of books and journals such as Culturelink, Social Identities, among others. He has co-authored a number of books and was a co-author on the position paper Resisting ethnicity from above: Social Identities and the deepening of Democracy in South Africa (with I Liebenberg & Gregory Houston) He also published North, West and the Horn of Africa in World Directory of Minorities, Minority Rights Group International with Julia Maxted.