The Rise of Resistance Movements to thePoint of Active Conflict, in Vietnam and Angola
Padalis, Donald R.
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This paper seeks to demonstrate many of the parallels between the Vietnamese and" Angolan experiences. Traditional life was subverted in each, by the presence of the occupying powers. The colonial forces did not realize that they were introducing influences which would eventually lead to their loss of power. Education,religion, and the colonialist structure bred discontent and disenfranchised groups, which eventually were willing to challenge for power. Both Angola and Vietnam showed that the first efforts of resistance were designed to passively improve the system. If true reforms had been initiated by the colonial powers, it is possible that the colonial system could have been maintained. Failing to provide reform, the discontent and disenfranchisement grew to untenable levels. The resulting desperation forced a realization of active conflict as the answer.