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The Ethiopian Revolution 1974-1987 : A Transformation from an Aristocratic to a Totalitarian Autocracy - Andargachew Tiruneh

The Ethiopian Revolution 1974-1987

A Transformation from an Aristocratic to a Totalitarian Autocracy

Hardcover Published: 26th May 2004
ISBN: 9780521430821
Number Of Pages: 456

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This book is the most comprehensive account of the Ethiopian revolution currently available, dealing with the entire span of the revolutionary government's life. Particular emphasis is placed on effectively isolating and articulating the causes and outcomes of the revolution. The author traces the revolution's roots in the weaknesses of the autocratic regime of Haile Selassie, examines the formative years of the revolution in the mid-seventies, when the ideology of scientific socialism was espoused by the ruling military council, and finally charts the consolidation of Mengistu Haile Miriam's power from 1977 to the adoption of a new constitution in 1987. In examining these events, Dr Tiruneh makes extensive use of primary sources written in the national official language. He is also the first Ethiopian nation to write a book on this subject. This book is thus a unique account of a fascinating period, capturing the mood of the revolution as never before, yet firmly grounded in scholarship.

Industry Reviews

"This outstanding book is the most authoritative account to date of Ethiopia's epic transformation from the feudal monarchy of Haile Selassie to the Stalinist dictatorship of Mengistu Haile-Mariam." Foreign Affairs "The book is remarkable in that it relies heavily on a large number of primary sources written either in Amharic or other indigenous languages of Ethiopia. These include not only government documents but also materials from various political organizations that either collaborated with or opposed the Marxist-Leninist regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam. Tiruneh writes from the perspective of a well-studied scholar who has experienced firsthand the intellectual evolution of the Ethiopian Left leading up to the revolution...Tiruneh's book is must reading for anyone who wants to fill in some critical gaps in their understanding of the process of Ethiopia's first revolution." Edmond Keller, American Historical Review "The strength of Andargachew's work is in his defining of the political positions of the various factions (or movements) with in the revolution, based largely upon their official newspapers and documents. He does an excellent job of expressing the various nuances, and demonstrating how seemingly minor differences were in fact major points of contention, which helps explain much of the political infighting and violence." African Studies Review

The background to the emergence of the structural crisis
The Collapse of the Old State (January-December 1974)
The urban uprising of January to June 1974
The turning of an urban movement into a junta dictatorship
The Formative Years of the Post Revolutionary Order (December 1974-February)
The socio-economic reforms of 1975
The upsurge of political organisations
Scientific socialism and the structure of government
From a junta to an autocratic dictatorship
Consolidation of Power (February 1977-September 1987)
The elimination of internal and external threats to Mengistu's power
The formation of the Workers Party of Ethiopia
The 1987 constitution of PDRE: the formalization of the party/state
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ISBN: 9780521430821
ISBN-10: 0521430828
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 26th May 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 0.84