Ideology and Elite Conflicts

Ideology and Elite Conflicts : Autopsy of the Ethiopian Revolution

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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.show more

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  • Hardback | 396 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 793.78g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739137964
  • 9780739137963

About Messay Kebede

Messay Kebede is professor of philosophy at the University of Dayton, Ohio.show more

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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 Quarterlyshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Controversies over the Nature of the Ethiopian Social Change Chapter 2. Theories of Revolution and the Ethiopian Discrepancies Chapter 3. Ideology and Power Struggle Chapter 4. Subjective Conditions of Social Revolutions Chapter 5. The Ideological Origins of Haile Selassie's Regime Chapter 6. Sociopolitical Origins of Haile Selassie's Regime Chapter 7. The Politics of Cooptation: Strengths and Weaknesses Chapter 8. Social Blockage and Rising Discontent Chapter 9. The Ethiopian Military and the Formation of the Derg Chapter 10. Disputes over the Radicalization of the Derg Chapter 11. Power Struggle and Radicalization Chapter 12. Conflicts for Power and the Rise of Mengistu Haile Mariam Chapter 13. Narcissism and Revolution Chapter 14. Ethnonationalism and Political Competition Chapter 15. The Fall of Mengistu and the Derg Chapter 16. Why Social Revolutions Fail? Chapter 17. Philosophical Extensionsshow more

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