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Greater Ethiopia : Evolution of a Multi-ethnic Society - Donald N. Levine

Greater Ethiopia

Evolution of a Multi-ethnic Society

Paperback Published: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9780226475615
Number Of Pages: 246

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"Greater Ethiopia" combines history, anthropology, and sociology to answer two major questions. Why did Ethiopia remain independent under the onslaught of European expansionism while other African political entities were colonized? And why must Ethiopia be considered a single cultural region despite its political, religious, and linguistic diversity?
Donald Levine's interdisciplinary study makes a substantial contribution both to Ethiopian interpretive history and to sociological analysis. In his new preface, Levine examines Ethiopia since the overthrow of the monarchy in the 1970s.
"Ethiopian scholarship is in Professor Levine's debt. . . . He has performed an important task with panache, urbanity, and learning."--Edward Ullendorff, "Times Literary Supplement"
"Upon rereading this book, it strikes the reader how broad in scope, how innovative in approach, and how stimulating in arguments this book was when it came out. . . . In the past twenty years it has inspired anthropological and historical research, stimulated theoretical debate about Ethiopia's cultural and historical development, and given the impetus to modern political thinking about the complexities and challenges of Ethiopia as a country. The text thus easily remains an absolute must for any Ethiopianist scholar to read and digest."-J. Abbink, "Journal of Modern African Studies"

List of Tables
Preface 2000 Preface
Conventional Images of Ethiopia
A Far-Off Place Ethiopia the Pious
A Magnificent Kingdom Savage Abyssinia
A Bastion of African Independence
Scholarly Images and Assumptions
An Outpost of Semitic Civilization
An Ethnic Museum
An Underdeveloped Country
A Complex Evolving System
The Differentiation of Peoples and Cultures Lines of Internal
Differentiation Lines of External Influence
The Peoples of Ethiopia: A Classification
Foundations of Unity Greater
Ethipia as a Relational Network Greater
Ethiopia as a Culture Area
The Ethiopian Response to Alien Influence
Patters of Expansion and Unification
Centers of Expansion before 1300
The Amhara Thesis
The Oromo Antithesis
The Ethiopian Synthesis
Four Questions
Tigrean Legacy: A National Script
The Kibre Negest: A Reassessment Prologue, Narrative, and Epilogue
The Kibre Negest as a National Epic A Cultural Identity Struggle
The Tigrean Contribution
The Amhara System Household, Seignory, and Parish
The Nation as a Community Functional Specialization
Hierarchical Interaction
Individualistic Association System
Stability and Historical Change
The Oromo System Oila, Lineage, and Class
The Agnatic Community Functional
Redundancy Egalitarian Interaction Solidaristic
Association System Instability and Historical Change
Comparisons and Explanations
The Question of Amhara Expansions
The Questions of the Oromo Victories
The Question of Amhara-Tigrean Resurgence The Question of Oromo Affiliation
Social Evolution in Ethiopia Holistic
Specialization Mutalistic
Specialization Internal
Specialization: The Formation of Ruling Elites
Despecialization and New Evolutionary Potential
Internal Specialization: The Creation of Free-floating Resources
The Present Evolutionary Situation
The Evolution of Ethiopian Society
Appendix: Roster of the Peoples of Ethiopia
Addendum to the Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780226475615
ISBN-10: 0226475611
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 1st January 1999
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.4  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised