Shifting silence, enduring shame, ambivalent memories: an oral history of the Portuguese colonial war (1961 – 1974)

Ferreira Campos, Ângela da Conceição (2014) Shifting silence, enduring shame, ambivalent memories: an oral history of the Portuguese colonial war (1961 – 1974). Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

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This Thesis explores the lived memory of the Portuguese colonial war (1961-1974), having at its core an analysis of thirty-six oral history interviews with ex-combatants of this conflict. The meanings that the combatants attributed to their war experiences then and now are its analytical focus. This life history approach is framed by a wide assessment of the public memory of this event from 1974 until the first decade of the new millennium, as well as by a review of the war memory theory field and a methodological reflection on doing oral history interviews with Portuguese war veterans. Through the historical analysis of the public memory of this war the Thesis offers its general intervention. A methodological intervention occurs through providing an analysis of the colonial war based upon personal narratives of its ex-combatants, typically absent in the Portuguese context. Combined, both facets unravel not only this war’s lived experience but also significant insights about the individual and collective impact of the conflict in Portugal. This Thesis navigates the memorial complexities at play in a post-colonial, postauthoritarian society oscillating between remembrance and forgetting. It highlights not only the challenges faced by historical research on such a sensitive, underexplored topic, but also the vital role to be assumed by history – and particularly by oral history – in expanding our understanding of this colonial war and of the men who fought it

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Arts and Humanities > History
Subjects: D History > DP History of Spain. Portugal > DP501 Portugal > DP535 History > DP558 By period > DP620 1580- > DP670 20th century
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Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2014 15:58
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2022 15:49

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