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Savimbi completed his academic studies in political and legal sciences at the Lausanne University, Switzerland in July 1965, and once again traveled to China, where he participated in an extended training program at Nanjing. 72 Savimbi returned to Angola in early 1966, at a time when the prospects of other Chinese-trained African insurgents such as Mulele and the Cameroonian UPC, looked increasingly dim. 73 Upon returning to Angola, one of Savimbi’s principal challenges would be to prove that five years of largely unsuccessful insurgency in Angola could become dramatically more effective if it were tied to the disciplined and methodical application of a comprehensive strategy of guerrilla warfare.
53 Mao anticipated a revolution that would bring about societal transformation; Fanon looked forward to an emotional revolution in the minds of the colonized. Holden Roberto’s belated acknowledgment of UPA responsibility for a poorly prepared campaign hinted at a rationale which Fanon might have inspired. Roberto suggested that Angola’s oppressed people had now been further emboldened to challenge a Portuguese colonial power whose supporters would never fully recover from the shock of being challenged by a long docile population.
She inspired a forceful response to several decades of Portuguese conquest and infiltration of northwestern Angola. Nzinga’s impressive character and her conversion to Christianity initially persuaded Portuguese colonialists to pursue peaceful relations, but as these contacts gradually shifted from amity to enmity, she formed military alliances with several neighboring kingdoms. Nzinga further capitalized on the short-lived Dutch conquest and occupation of Luanda (1641–48). By forging ties with Dutch officials Nzinga prevented residual Portuguese forces from making additional forays into the interior.