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Title:Um partido colonial - Partido Reformista de Angola - 1910-1912
Author:Freudenthal, AidaISNI
Periodical:Revista internacional de estudos Africanos
Geographic terms:Angola
political parties
Abstract:Through an analysis of party politics, this article reveals the importance of ideological debate and political action in the Portuguese colony of Angola throughout the period between 1890 and 1912. On the one hand, it identifies the social groups which, because of their urban environment, were able to express political convictions and to form political associations. On the other hand, it reconstitutes the essential topics of the debate which polarized the first two political parties which were founded after the republican revolution of October 1910, viz. the Partido Republicano Colonial (PRC) and the Partido Reformista de Angola (PRA). The position of these parties vis--vis republican ideology shows their desire to make republicanism work in the colonial context, by concentrating on the solution of the following problems: administrative decentralization, parliamentary representation of the colonies, individual rights of Africans and Europeans, and economic questions. Special attention is paid to the PRA, which was constituted to represent a significant group of settlers, working in the commercial and bureaucratic sectors of the colonial economy. Notes, ref.