An Oral History of the Portuguese Colonial War

Conscripted Generation

  • Ângela Campos

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Ângela Campos
    Pages 1-17
  3. Ângela Campos
    Pages 19-36
  4. Ângela Campos
    Pages 129-201
  5. Ângela Campos
    Pages 203-283
  6. Ângela Campos
    Pages 285-300
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 301-341

About this book


This book explores the lived memory of the Portuguese colonial war (1961-1974) through the 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 the book’s analytical focus. This project seeks to answer the following questions: how has the public memory of this colonial conflict developed in Portugal from 1974 to approximately 2010? what issues does an oral historian encounter when conducting interviews with veterans on a past that remains traumatic for many? what were – and are – the most significant aspects of the war experience and its aftermath for the veterans? how do the veterans perceive their group identity and their historical situation? and what innovative perspectives does oral history offer to the historiography of the Portuguese colonial war?


Portuguese Colonial War oral history of soldiers post-war memories and experiences Portuguese Africa methodology of oral history

Authors and affiliations

  • Ângela Campos
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SussexBrightonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-46193-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-46194-6
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