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Amilcar Cabral, On National Culture

Amilcar Cabral, On National Culture

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Amilcar Cabral, On National Culture
Culture, whatever the ideological or idealist characteristics of its expression, is thus an essentialelement of the history of a people. Culture is, perhaps, the resultant of this history just as theflower is the resultant of a plant. Like history, or because it is history, culture has as its materialbase the level of the productive forces and the mode of production. Culture plunges its roots intothe humus of the material reality of the environment in which it develops, and it reflects theorganic nature of the society, which may be more or less influenced by external factors. Historyenables us to know the nature and extent of the imbalances and the conflicts (economic, politicaland social) that characterize the evolution of a society. Culture enables us to know what dynamicsyntheses have been formed and set by social awareness in order to resolve these conflicts ateach stage of evolution of that society, in the search for survival and progress.Just as occurs with the flower in a plant, the capacity (or responsibility) for forming andfertilizing the germ which ensures the continuity of history lies in culture, and the germsimultaneously ensures the prospects for evolution and progress of the society in question. Thusit is understood that imperialist domination, denying to the dominated people their own historicalprocess, necessarily denies their cultural process. It is further understood why the exercise of imperialist domination, like all other foreign domination, for its own security requires cultural

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