The Ethiopian Revolution: War in the Horn of Africa

The Ethiopian Revolution: War in the Horn of Africa

by Gebru Tareke, Gebru Tareke
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300141637

ISBN-13: 9780300141634

Pub. Date: 06/23/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

Revolution, civil wars, and guerilla warfare wracked Ethiopia during three turbulent decades at the end of the twentieth century. This book is a pioneering study of the military history and political significance of this crucial Horn of Africa region during that period. Drawing on new archival materials and interviews, Gebru Tareke illuminates the conflicts,

Overview

Revolution, civil wars, and guerilla warfare wracked Ethiopia during three turbulent decades at the end of the twentieth century. This book is a pioneering study of the military history and political significance of this crucial Horn of Africa region during that period. Drawing on new archival materials and interviews, Gebru Tareke illuminates the conflicts, comparing them to the Russian and Iranian revolutions in terms of regional impact.

Writing in vigorous and accessible prose, Tareke brings to life the leading personalities in the domestic political struggles, strategies of the warring parties, international actors, and key battles. He demonstrates how the brutal dictatorship of Mengistu Haile Mariam lacked imagination in responding to crises and alienated the peasantry by destroying human and material resources. And he describes the delicate balance of persuasion and force with which northern insurgents mobilized the peasantry and triumphed. The book sheds invaluable light not only on modern Ethiopia but also on post-colonial state formation and insurrectionary politics worldwide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300141634
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/23/2009
Series:
Yale Library of Military History
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Donald Kagan & Frederick Kagan....................ix
Preface....................xiii
List of Abbreviations....................xix
Part One THE SPECTER OF REVOLUTION AND WAR....................1
1 Roots and Outcomes of Revolution: A Review....................11
Part Two COMRADES AGAINST COMRADES....................45
2 The Victorious Nationalists: Insurgent Eritrea....................55
3 The Victorious Ethnonationalists: Insurgent Tigray....................76
4 The Vanquished Revolutionary Army: Birth and Evolution....................111
5 The Vanquished Revolutionary Army: Defeat and Demise....................138
Part Three BATTLEFIELD ETHIOPIA....................177
6 Ogaden: "Socialist" Neighbors at War....................182
7 Nakfa: "Even the Mountains Fought"....................218
8 Af Abet: Ethiopia's Dienbienphu?....................247
9 Shire: "Unexpected Grand Failure"....................262
10 Massawa: The Denouement....................291
11 Conclusions....................311
1998: Postscript....................343
Appendixes....................351
Notes....................355
Bibliography....................413
Index....................425

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