A History of Modern Ethiopia, 1855-1991: Second Edition / Edition 2

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Bounded by Sudan to the west and north, Kenya to the south, Somalia to the southeast, and Eritrea and Djibouti to the northeast, Ethiopia is a pivotal country in the geopolitics of the region. Yet it is important to understand this ancient and often splintered country in its own right.

In A History of Modern Ethiopia, Bahru Zewde, one of Ethiopia's leading historians, provides a compact and comprehensive history of his country, particularly the last two centuries. Of importance to historians, political scientists, journalists, and Africanists alike, Bahru's A History of Modern Ethiopia, now with additional material taking it up to the last decade, will be the preeminent overview of present-day Ethiopia.

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Editorial Reviews

The second edition of Bahru Zewde's (history, Addis Ababa U., Ethiopia) history adds a short final chapter on events following the Revolution of 1974 up to 1991. The history provides a compact account of the people and events of modern Ethiopia, with the predominant concern being political history, but also touching on social and economic concerns. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821414408
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2002
  • Series: Eastern African Studies Series
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 1,218,190
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bahru Zewde is a senior lecturer in history at Addis Ababa University.
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Table of Contents

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Preface to the Second Edition
1 The background
1 The internal scene in the first half of the nineteenth century 11
2 The external challenge 23
2 Unification and Independence 1855-1896
1 The first response: Kasa - Tewodros 27
2 A new approach to unification 42
3 Intensification of the external challenge 49
4 The road to Matamma 55
5 The creation of the modern Ethiopian empire-state 60
6 Resolution of the external challenge 72
3 From Adwa to Maychaw 1896-1935
1 The historical significance of Adwa 81
2 The socio-economic order 85
3 Political developments 111
4 The Italian Occupation 1936-1941
1 The Italo-Ethiopian war 150
2 Italian rule 160
3 The Resistance 166
5 From Liberation to Revolution 1941-1974
1 The international setting 179
2 The socio-economic scene 191
3 Consolidation of absolutism 201
4 Opposition 209
6 Revolution and its Sequel
1 Typology 228
2 The popular upsurge 229
3 The 'creeping coup' 233
4 Military rule and its opponents 236
5 The ideological schooling of the Darg 243
6 Towards one-man rule 248
7 The end 256
Conclusion 270
Glossary 275
Notes on transliteration 278
Personal names 280
Index 281
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