By Ângela Campos
This ebook explores the lived reminiscence of the Portuguese colonial struggle (1961-1974) in the course of the research of thirty-six oral heritage interviews with ex-combatants of this clash. The meanings that the warring parties attributed to their conflict reviews then and now are the book’s analytical concentration. This venture seeks to respond to the subsequent questions: how has the general public reminiscence of this colonial clash constructed in Portugal from 1974 to nearly 2010? what concerns does an oral historian stumble upon while undertaking interviews with veterans on a earlier that continues to be hectic for lots of? what have been – and are – the main major features of the struggle adventure and its aftermath for the veterans? how do the veterans understand their crew id and their old state of affairs? and what cutting edge views does oral background supply to the historiography of the Portuguese colonial war?
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Indeed, in the cases where public remembrance of war has been absent or discouraged, and a strong, official narrative does not exist, many memories are preserved within networks and families, waiting for the best socio-political context to emerge. The process is one of ongoing dialogue between individual, shared, sectional, oppositional, and national narratives. From the top-down, the existing elites struggle to maintain dominant national narratives, marginalizing or repressing oppositional, sectional, shared, and even individual memories.
The state-centered approach consists of the official, dominant narratives and practices of remembrance and commemoration that bind citizens in a collective national identity that seeks unity and often makes use of generalizations that have to apply to a great number of people. 6 The social-agency approach, in its turn, is related to individuals and groups—not the state—and focuses on their war-associated suffering, responses, personal loss, and mourning. 7 At this point, it should be emphasized that the first two approaches represent two paradigms of remembrance that are only apparently separate.
28. Teixeira, Nova História Militar (Vol. 4, 2004), 68. 29. , Guerra Colonial (Lisbon: Editorial Notícias, 2001), 20. INTRODUCTION 17 30. When not present in the main text, relevant book titles or similar Portuguese sources cited can be found in full in the Works Cited and Consulted section. See, for instance, Popular Memory Group, “Popular memory. Theories, politics, method,” in The Oral History Reader, ed. R. Perks and A. Thomson (London: Routledge, 2nd edition, 2006), 43–53. 32. See pertinent studies by Ashplant et al.
An Oral History of the Portuguese Colonial War: Conscripted Generation by Ângela Campos