By Ângela Campos
This e-book explores the lived reminiscence of the Portuguese colonial warfare (1961-1974) in the course of the research of thirty-six oral background interviews with ex-combatants of this clash. The meanings that the warring parties attributed to their warfare stories then and now are the book’s analytical concentration. This venture seeks to reply to the next questions: how has the general public reminiscence of this colonial clash built in Portugal from 1974 to nearly 2010? what matters does an oral historian come across while undertaking interviews with veterans on a prior that continues to be annoying for plenty of? what have been – and are – the main major elements of the warfare adventure and its aftermath for the veterans? how do the veterans understand their team id and their old state of affairs? and what cutting edge views does oral historical past supply to the historiography of the Portuguese colonial war?
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This integration benefits greatly from a third paradigm that also devotes its attention to war memory and uses oral history and life-story methods—the popular memory approach or life-story paradigm. Despite sharing a common object of study and primary concerns, this approach is not always favored or acknowledged by researchers working within the state-centered and social-agency paradigms. The popular memory approach operates from a different perspective. The starting point for analysis normally originates from personal memories emerging from oral history interviews or similar forms of life stories, sources often undervalued by researchers adopting the other two approaches.
32 Although it is arguable that every armed conflict constitutes a traumatic historical event due to the disruptive and destructive nature of warfare, some wars are commemorated, while others are enveloped in silence. In effect, the nature of the war impacts commemoration. 33 The complexity of liberation struggles, especially when the colonized territory constituted a legal part of the metropolis, is reflected in the ways those societies currently deal with that specific past. Regarding such “politics of memory,” Ashplant et al.
36. See Works Cited and Consulted for a selection of relevant practitioners’ manuals. For a full discussion of my oral history methodology, refer to Chap. 4. 37. Confirming Klempner’s assertion that some narratives of trauma are never told. See M. 2 (2000): 67–83. 38. Again borrowing Portelli’s image, in They Say in Harlan County, 11. 39. 28–37. CHAPTER 2 War Memory Theory War memory studies have been developing enormously in the past decades, and there are numerous international works that have contributed to this widening of academic research and critical enquiry.