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The Ethiopian revolution : war in the Horn of Africa /
Gebru Tareke ; foreword by Donald Kagan and Frederick Kagan.
imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2009.
description
xx, 437 p.
ISBN
0300141637 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780300141634 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2009.
isbn
0300141637 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780300141634 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
List of abbreviations -- The specter of revolution and war -- Revolutionary brothers at war -- I. Roots and outcomes of revolution: a review -- Pt. 2. Comrades against comrades -- The twin revolutions: the ABCs of revolutionary war -- II. The victorious nationalists: insurgent Eritrea -- III. The victorious ethnonationalists: insurgent Tigray -- IV. The vanquished revolutionary army: birth and evolution -- V. The vanquished revolutionary army: defeat and demise -- Pt. 3. Battlefield Ethiopia -- From Raza to Red Star and beyond -- VI. Ogaden: "socialist" neighbors at war -- VII. Nakfa: "even the mountains fought" -- VIII. Af Abet: Ethiopia's Dienbienphu? -- IX. Shire: "unexpected grand failure" -- X. Massawa: the denouement -- XI. Conclusions -- 1998: postscript.
catalogue key
6835466
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-04-01:
In the last third of the 20th century, Africa saw more than its share of violence and devastation, and the Horn of Africa was no exception. Revolution and war in Ethiopia and Eritrea during the 1970s-80s combined with drought and famine to bring the entire region wholesale misery. Much of the literature on the conflict either is fragmented or has served as polemics for one side or another. Through a judicious use of archival and published sources, along with valuable oral interviews from many of the conflict's leading actors, Tareke (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) has put together the most authoritative account of the conflict to date. He has analyzed and described military tactics and strategy, ethnic and socioeconomic sources of conflict, and the organization and ideology of the insurgents. Most importantly, he details the reasons for success and failure and the strengths and weaknesses of the revolutionaries and Ethiopian government. The author maintains that it was both the prowess of the rebels and the demoralization of the central forces that in 1991 brought Eritrea its independence and the overthrow of the communist-led government in Addis Ababa. Substantial bibliography and good use of maps. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. T. Natsoulas emeritus, University of Toledo
Reviews
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"This masterful politico-military history of the Ethiopian Revolution is a superb account. Tareke offers a meticulously documented chronicle that is an indispensible guide to the multiple wars of the Mengistu era."M. Crawford Young, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"This masterful politico-military history of the Ethiopian Revolution is a superb account. Tareke offers a meticulously documented chronicle that is an indispensible guide to the multiple wars of the Mengistu era."�M. Crawford Young, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"An outstanding contribution to the twentieth-century history of the Horn of Africa and to the study of guerrilla warfare. . . . Compelling."-Donald Crummey, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"An outstanding contribution to the twentieth-century history of the Horn of Africa and to the study of guerrilla warfare. . . . Compelling."�Donald Crummey, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"An outstanding contribution to the twentieth-century history of the Horn of Africa and to the study of guerrilla warfare. . . . Compelling."Donald Crummey, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"A provocative and meticulously researched study of the revolutionary wars of modern Northeast Africa...a lucid and ultimately compelling book."--James De Lorenzi, The International Journal of African Historical Studies
"A provocative and meticulously researched study of the revolutionary wars of modern Northeast Africa...a lucid and ultimately compelling book."--James De Lorenzi,The International Journal of African Historical Studies
"[Gebru Tareke] is an excellent guide to the specifics of modern Ethiopian history."--Cedric Barnes, The Journal of African History
"[Gebru Tareke] is an excellent guide to the specifics of modern Ethiopian history."--Cedric Barnes,The Journal of African History
"This book chronicles, then interprets, the cataclysmic revolutionary events of the 1970s that changed the face of Ethiopia. A groundbreaking work recounted in elegant prose. With it Dr. Tareke retains his reputation as sprinting in the forefront of Ethiopianist scholars."-Said S. Samatar, Rutgers University
"This book chronicles, then interprets, the cataclysmic revolutionary events of the 1970s that changed the face of Ethiopia. A groundbreaking work recounted in elegant prose. With it Dr. Tareke retains his reputation as sprinting in the forefront of Ethiopianist scholars."�Said S. Samatar, Rutgers University
"This book chronicles, then interprets, the cataclysmic revolutionary events of the 1970s that changed the face of Ethiopia. A groundbreaking work recounted in elegant prose. With it Dr. Tareke retains his reputation as sprinting in the forefront of Ethiopianist scholars."Said S. Samatar, Rutgers University
"This masterful politico-military history of the Ethiopian Revolution is a superb account. Gebru indispensable offers a meticulously documented chronicle that is an indispensible guide to the multiple wars of the Mengistu era."-M. Crawford Young, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"This masterful politico-military history of the Ethiopian Revolution is a superb account. indispensable offers a meticulously documented chronicle that is an indispensible guide to the multiple wars of the Mengistu era."-M. Crawford Young, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"This masterful politico-military history of the Ethiopian Revolution is a superb account. Tareke offers a meticulously documented chronicle that is an indispensible guide to the multiple wars of the Mengistu era."-M. Crawford Young, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Summaries
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Revolution, civil wars, and guerilla warfare wracked Ethiopia during three turbulent decades at the end of the 20th century. Here, Tareke brings to life the leading personalities in the domestic political struggles, strategies of the warring parties, international actors, and key battles.
Main Description
Revolution, civil wars, and guerilla warfare wracked Ethiopia during three turbulent decades at the end of the twentieth century. This book is a pioneering study of the military history and political significance of this crucial Horn of Africa region during that period. Drawing on new archival materials and interviews, Gebru Tareke illuminates the conflicts, comparing them to the Russian and Iranian revolutions in terms of regional impact. Writing in vigorous and accessible prose, Tareke brings to life the leading personalities in the domestic political struggles, strategies of the warring parties, international actors, and key battles. He demonstrates how the brutal dictatorship of Mengistu Haile Mariam lacked imagination in responding to crises and alienated the peasantry by destroying human and material resources. And he describes the delicate balance of persuasion and force with which northern insurgents mobilized the peasantry and triumphed. The book sheds invaluable light not only on modern Ethiopia but also on post-colonial state formation and insurrectionary politics worldwide.
Table of Contents
Foreword byp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
List of Abbreviationsp. xix
The Specter Of Revolution And Warp. 1
Roots and Outcomes of Revolution: A Reviewp. 11
Comrades Against Comradesp. 45
The Victorious Nationalists: Insurgent Eritreap. 55
The Victorious Ethnonationalists: Insurgent Tigrayp. 76
The Vanquished Revolutionary Army: Birth and Evolutionp. 111
The Vanquished Revolutionary Army: Defeat and Demisep. 138
Battlefield Ethiopiap. 177
Ogaden: "Socialist" Neighbors at Warp. 182
Nakfa: "Even the Mountains Fought"p. 218
Af Abet: Ethiopia's Dienbienphu?p. 247
Shire: "Unexpected Grand Failure"p. 262
Massawa: The Denouementp. 291
Conclusionsp. 311
1998: Postscriptp. 343
Appendixesp. 351
Notesp. 355
Bibliographyp. 413
Indexp. 425
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