Ethiopia in change : peasantry, nationalism and democracy /
edited by Abebe Zegeye and Siegfried Pausewang.
London : British Academic Press, 1994.
xi, 333 p.
1850436444 :
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London : British Academic Press, 1994.
1850436444 :
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This collection of articles displays an interdisciplinary approach to the problems and the prospects for change in Ethiopia since the overthrow of the Mengistu regime. Scholars from Ethiopia and Europe discuss topics that include background to the 1974 revolution, student movements, implications for Ethiopia of Eritrea's independence, underdevelopment, urban and rural restructuring, environmental depredation, food scarcity, and ethnic divergences. This is an effort to understand the political and socioeconomic condition of present-day Ethiopia and to focus on those policies that could help the country to develop democratic institutions and to progress economically. As in most collections there are degrees of unevenness among the articles. The pieces on underdevelopment, the environment, and rural agitation, by Eshefu Chole, Abebe Zegeye, and Dessalegn Rahmato, respectively, are especially illuminating. There is no formal bibliography, but there are references at the end that are mentioned by the authors. It would have been helpful had each article had its own bibliography. The glossary of Ethiopian words and the list of acronyms are useful especially for non-Ethiopianists. The index is adequate. Upper-division undergraduate and above. T. Natsoulas; University of Toledo
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After the fall of Haile Selassie in 1974 Ethiopian society experienced a short period of unprecedented freedom and decentralization. This was followed by one of the most stringent regimes of centralized control over people and resources, in the name of socialism. This volume contains contributions by Ethiopian and European scholars from several disciplines who review the historical issues, economic policy, environmental questions and politics. They try to draw lessons from the past and suggest solutions by which the local people - the peasants and the poor - can be involved in a more decentralized structure which will harness their resources, initiatives and capacities.
Table of Contents
Looking back - into the future
Mutation of statehood and contemporary politics in Ethiopia
From progressive to reactionary
Eritrea - evolution towards independence and beyond
An important root of the Ethiopian revolution - the student movement
Reflections on Ethiopian underdevelopment - problems and prospects
New economic policies and rural development options in the 1990s
Designing structural adjustment options for Ethiopia - reconstruction, rehabilitation and long-term transformation
Small urban centres and their role in rural restructuring
Environmental degradation, population movement and war in Ethiopia
Neither fast nor famine - prospects for food security in Ethiopia
Local democracy and central control
Ethnic factors in post-Megistu Ethiopia
The unquiet countryside - the collapse of socialism and rural agitations in Ethiopia, 1990 and 1991
The end of crises? or crises without end?
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