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Ideology and Elite Conflicts: Autopsy of the Ethiopian Revolution (Hardback)
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Ideology and Elite Conflicts: Autopsy of the Ethiopian Revolution (Hardback)

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Hardback 396 Pages / Published: 22/09/2011
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Why did reasonable demands of Ethiopian masses for change lead not only to the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie, but also to a radical revolution that caused civil wars, economic decline, secession, and ethnic politics, all in the name of socialist equality and freedom? The answer of the book is that elite conflicts over scarce resources promoted mutually exclusive struggles for power, and so mobilized ideologies suitable for zero sum politics, of which radical revolutions are typical expressions.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739137963
Number of pages: 396
Weight: 785 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 35 mm


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There are books, and then there are Books. Messay Kebede has written a Book. With sustained analytical brilliance, he demonstrates how understanding Ethiopia contributes to the understanding of the world. Ideology and Elite Conflicts represents a major achievement in combining comparative history with political and cultural analysis, all set within a philosophical frame. -- Donald L. Donham, University of California, Davis
Messay Kebede has written an enormously important book. He definitively places the Ethiopian revolution as one of the 20th century's 'great revolutions,' on par with the Russian or Chinese in terms of scope of transformation. Kebede provides a systematic and compelling argument on one of the key puzzles of the revolution. Internal power struggles within the military junta known as the Derg, Kebede argues, drove this movement of revolutionary change. Everyone interested in contemporary Ethiopia or comparative revolutions will benefit from this book. -- Terrence Lyons, Co-Director, Center for Global Studies, George Mason University
This is a very informative book as it offers much needed help for comprehending a critical period in Ethiopian history. In well-research and organized chapters, it presents a synthesis of both classical and contemporary works on revolutions in general and the Ethiopian revolution in particular. This makes it useful for readers who already know a lot about Ethiopian politics as well as for those who are novices to the subject. Moreover, the book has a multidisciplinary character and uses innovative and sophisticated analysis that makes it appealing to political scientists, philosophers, and historians and can serve as a guide to understanding revolutions in the Third World. * African Studies Quarterly *

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