A History of Modern Ethiopia, 1855-1991

A History of Modern Ethiopia, 1855-1991

Paperback Eastern African Studies

By (author) Zewde Bahru

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  • Publisher: James Currey
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 18mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0852557868
  • ISBN 13: 9780852557860
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, maps, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 501,005

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Bahru Zewde has updated the first edition, adding a new chapter and taking the history through to 1991. 'The new chapter enhances the value of the book as the best historical introduction to modern Ethiopia. The account of the Revolution, contained in 41 pages, is nuanced and worthy of attention in its own right... In short, the updating of an already indispensable book.' - Donald Crummey in JOURNAL OF MODERN AFRICAN STUDIES North America: Ohio U Press; Ethiopia: Addis Ababa U Press

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Reviews of the first edition (1855-1974): 'Bahru Zewde, one of present-day Ethiopia's leading historians, must be thanked for producing the first serious history of his country from the coronation of the reforming emperor Tewodros in 1855 to the Ethiopian Revolution of 1974. The work encompasses the lives of Ethiopia's four last, and most important, monarchs: Tewodros, Yohannes, Menilek and Hayla Sellase, whose reigns, as the author presents them, form an historical continuum. The text is valuable in that it provides an historical overview of virtually the entire area of present-day Ethiopia, with sections on the south of the country, largely ignored by previous historians, as well as on the better-documented "Semitic" north. 'The book, though less than 250 pages in length, is packed with information not readily available elsewhere, and contains valuable new historical insights. There are moreover interesting discussions of how events in one part of the region influenced the situation in others...there are also interesting sections on such topics as Hayla Sellase's ideas of government...The author does not ignore the more "positive" features of the occupation... 'Bahru's work is the first history of modern Ethiopia to be written by an Ethiopian, and thus provides a new perspective. Though later imprisoned for several years by Ethiopia's post-imperial regime he does not see the Hayla Sellase era, through which he lived as a student, with rosy spectacles.' - Richard Pankhurst in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society '...gaping void now filled with distinction by Bahru Zewde...He achieves too, the difficult tasks of balancing the political history of warlords and emperors with social and economic developments, and relating internal developments to the progressive increase in external pressures. His judgements are succinct and illuminating...In short, it is a model of its kind.' - Christopher Clapham in African Affairs '... timely ... wealth of illustrative material ... Required reading for practitioners, graduate students and advanced undergraduates.' - Choice 'This is an extremely important book. It is the first modern history of Ethiopia of any consequence. It is firmly rooted in, and reflects the principal insights of, the international historical scholarship concerning Ethiopia which has developed in the past twenty-five years. At the same time it is an original contribution to that scholarship developing its own insights and providing guidelines for future historical research. It is written in such a way as to inform and stimulate both the specialist and the general reader. It illuminates the background to contemporary Ethiopian political and social developments and should be required reading for the journalists, leader-writers, and social scientists who have taken up Ethiopian issues. It contributes a mature and thoughtful Ethiopian voice to the discussion of major questions.' - Donald Crummey, Professor of History, University of Illinois '...represents a substantial break with the conventional methods of dealing with the period between 1855 and 1974.' - Andrew C. Hess in English Historical Review Reviews of the second edition: 'The new chapter enhances the value of the book as the best historical introduction to modern Ethiopia...In short, the updating of an already indispensable book.' - Donald Crummey in Modern African Studies 'Bahru has produced an intelligent, balanced, and a vividly readable history of the rise, consolidation, and destruction of an autocratic state. His tentative evaluation of the postrevolutionary era is elegantly written and highly illuminating. No other writer has captured this crucial period so concisely, perceptively, and eloquently. Bahru's book is an extremely valuable and sometimes innovative historical synthesis. Without question, it is the best introduction to contemporary Ethiopian history.' - Gebru Tareke in International Journal of African Historical Studies 'The admirably concise and well informed description of the revolution and the subsequent intellectual contests over the sovereignty of Ethiopia are the most important revisions included in the second edition.' - Cedric Barnes in African Affairs

Table of contents

Preface to 2nd edition - The background - Unification & independence 1855-1896 - From Adwa to Maychaw 1896-1935 - The Italian occupation 1936-1941 - From liberation to revolution 1941-1974 - Revolution & its Sequel - Conclusion