Library Journal - Library JournalMcCann has produced an interesting and useful case study of one small, rural area of Ethiopia which historically possessed a traditional, yet sufficient agricultural system, but which is caught up today in a seemingly unending cycle of famine and devastation. To see why that is so, he examines this region's economic and social transformation, trying to understand the nature of change at the level of rural social institutions and the household economy. Having done so, McCann suggests the historical roots for the contemporary crisis in northern Ethiopia are certainly more complex than a mere lack of rainfall. This well-written, scholarly work should have relevance for other areas and for both historians and other social scientists. Recommended. Paul H. Thomas, Hoover Inst. Lib., Stanford, Cal.
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