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The Eritrean struggle for independence : domination, resistance, nationalism, 1941-1993 /
Ruth Iyob.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
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xiv, 198 p. : maps.
ISBN
0521473276
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
isbn
0521473276
catalogue key
1097106
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-03:
Iyob's study is an account of Eritrea's long and bitter struggle for independence from Ethiopia. The author looks at this conflict from the Eritrean vantage point and articulates the Eritrean position clearly and concisely. As do most proponents of an independent Eritrea, Iyob ultimately rests the legitimacy of an Eritrean state on its colonial past when it was under Italian rule and separate from Ethiopia. She argues that Eritrean nationalism evolved under Ethiopia's harsh 30-year rule. Iyob places the Eritrean struggle within the context of both international developments when it was caught up in the Cold War, and domestic rivalries and competing programs. A picture emerges of a determined people welded together by armed struggle, unsupported by outside forces and relying on their own resources and strength of purpose. Haggar Erlich's The Struggle over Eritrea (CH, May'83) and The Long Struggle for Independence and Constructive Peace, ed. by Lionel Cliffe and Basil Davidson (CH, Sep'89) supplement Iyob's work. Although there is a thorough bibliography of secondary works, the author has relied heavily on Eritrean documentary sources along with some UN material. The index is adequate, but more maps would be helpful. Undergraduate, graduate. T. Natsoulas; University of Toledo
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"A straightforward, competent account of the development and eventual triumph of the Eritrean independence movement." Foreign Affairs
"It is a fine piece of work...The Eritrean Struggle contain[s] valuable data and analysis which make this book important and timely...Ruth Iyob's book is an excellent contribution to the historiography of the Horn of Africa. The book is well researched and remarkably well written." The Historian
"It is a fine piece of work which introduces new data and new perspectives on Eritrea's successful struggle for independence....Ruth Iyob's book is an excellent contribution to the historiography of the Horn of Africa. The book is well researched and remarkably well-written." James C. McCann, The Historian
"Iyob's The Eritrean Struggle for Independance, 1941-1993 provides a clear introduction to the major external and internal political developments during the half-century struggle for Eritrean self-determination." Tom Killion, The International Journal of African Historical Society
"This book is an excellent contribution to the extant literature on Africa's newest independent state. It is remarkable in that, although it is written by an Eritrean national, it moves beyond the generally partisan and polemical pieces that tended to characterize discussions of the Eritrean question after the Second World War....this work is must-reading for students of the politics of the Horn of Africa." International History Review
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Eritrea, the newest nation-state in Africa, gained independence from the Ethiopian state after a prolonged and bitter conflict. This book is the first comprehensive analysis of the country's political history over the past three decades. It examines the origins of Eritrean nationalism, and charts the development of its various nationalist movements, assessing the programmes and capabilities of the parties contending for power.It also also analyses the regional and international context within which the battles for independence were fought.
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Eritrea, the newest nation state in Africa, gained independence from the Ethiopian state after a prolonged and bitter conflict. This is a comprehensive analysis of the country's political history over the past three decades. It charts the development of the various nationalist movements involved in the struggle for independence.
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Eritrea, the newest nation state in Africa, gained independence from the Ethiopian state after a prolonged and bitter conflict. This book is a comprehensive analysis of the country's political history over the past three decades. It examines the origins of Eritrean nationalism, and charts the development of its various nationalist movements, assessing the programmes and capabilities of the parties contending for power. It also analyses the regional and international context within which the battles for independence were fought.
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Eritrea, the newest nation-state in Africa, gained independence from the Ethiopian state after a prolonged and bitter conflict. This book is the first comprehensive analysis of the country's political history over the past three decades. It examines the origins of Eritrean nationalism, and charts the development of its various nationalist movements, assessing the programs and capabilities of the parties contending for power. It also analyzes the regional and international context within which the battles for independence were fought.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Maps
Introduction
The Eritrean question in perspective
Regional hegemony in the post World War II order
Eritrea and the African order
The origins of the Eritrean conflict
The federation years, 1952-1962
Secular nationalism: the creative radicalism of the ELM
Defiant nationalism: the ELF and the EPLF, 1961-1981
The EPLF's quest for legitimacy
Building the Eritrean polity
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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