Margaret Hall

Margaret Hall is in the Research and Analysis Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London.

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Confronting Leviathan · Mozambique Since Independence
By Margaret Hall and Tom Young

Confronting Leviathan describes Mozambique’s attempt to construct a socialist society in one African country on the back of an anti-colonial struggle for national independence. In explaining the failure of this effort the authors suggest reasons why the socialist vision of the ruling party, Frelimo, lacked resonance with Mozambican society. They also document in detail South Africa’s attempts to destabilize the country, even to the extent of sponsoring the Renamo insurgents.

“This excellent book will provide an important contribution to understanding the last twenty years in Mozambique. It is thoughtful and reflective as well as being soundly researched.”

Malyn Newitt, author of A History of Mozambique (1995)