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An Oral History of the Portuguese Colonial War

Conscripted Generation


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

  1. 1.University of SussexBrightonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Ângela Campos is a Research Fellow in Science Policy Research at the University of Sussex, UK. She serves on the executive council of the International Oral History Association and is a member of the Oral History Society. Her research focuses mainly on veterans' lived experiences of war, having published internationally about this topic since 2006.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title An Oral History of the Portuguese Colonial War
  • Book Subtitle Conscripted Generation
  • Authors Ângela Campos
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Oral History
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Oral History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-46193-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83465-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-46194-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 341
  • Number of Illustrations 14 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Oral History
    History of Modern Europe
    European Politics
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“A very important book that raises many fascinating questions about the role of memory in contemporary Portuguese history.”( Professor Martin Evans, University of Sussex, UK)

“Taking us beyond a recovery approach, this book is a significant intellectual contribution to the field of oral history. The profound value of Campos’s subtle interpretations of the veterans’ shame (and silences) is to critically challenge the reader to think beyond the victim/perpetrator binaries that dominate other post-war studies.” (Professor Sean Field, University of Cape Town, South Africa)

“Campos deals with a traumatic period in history and with its difficult memory in a sensitive, even-handed way, even though she does not feign an impossible ‘neutrality.’ Objectivity is something else, and this her work displays abundantly, both in her respectful attitude toward interviewees and her full and competent use of archival and printed sources.” (Professor Alessandro Portelli, University of Rome, Italy)