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I Didn't Do It for You: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation
Michela Wrong
0060780924
June 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Much like Wrong's In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz (2001), covering the reign of Zaire's brutal dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, this book taps at the world's conscience, asking who is to blame for the suffering and neglect of postcolonial African states; it takes Eritrea as case study—and victim. A veteran Africa correspondent for the Financial Times, Wrong writes in a pointedly digressive style full of narrative side roads that accommodate a daunting level of geographical and historical detail. Historical highlights include a colorful profile of the late 19th-century writer and Italian parliamentarian Ferdinando Marini that draws on his extensive memoirs about his tenure as the first civil governor of the region as an Italian colony. The early 1960s conflict, occupation and independence of this small neighbor to...


The Challenges Of A Society In Transition
Yohannes Gebremedhin
1569022143
Oct 2006
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The Pillage of Sustainability in Eritrea, 1600s-1990s: Rural Communities and the Creeping Shadows of Hegemony, Vol. 197
Niaz Murtaza
0313306338
August 1998
Hardcover
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Review
“[T]his is a clearly organized and valuable study that provides a good starting point for further inquiry. Murtaza's striving to identify the nexus between the policies of hegemonic actors and the downward trajectory of indigenous social systems is revealing. His contention that famine and poverty are consequences of policy rather than a dictate of nature is salutatory. The numerous graphs and statistical tables are instructive. Morevoer, the book comes at an opportune time, serving as a clarion call not only against the horrifying war currently unfolding in the region, but also the long-term threat it poses to the viabilty of rural communities.”–African Studies Quarterly
“Murran's work is exciting for its originality and insight in to the new Eritrean state and the challenges it faces as a...


The Challenges Of A Society In Transition
Yohannes Gebremedhin
1569022151
Mar 2004
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Eccentric Graces: Eritrea and Ethiopia through the Eyes of a Traveler
Julia Stewart
1569021007
February 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
Prologue: This is a travel narrative about Eritrea, a tiny sun-drenched country along the Red Sea, and Ethiopia, its giant southern neighbor and former colonial overlord. Among the oldest civilizations on earth, these two African countries can boast over 2,000 years of recorded history. Eritrean and Ethiopian histories interlock, yet still maintain distinctive features. Eritrea's past revolves around foreign incursions and occupation, as well as ongoing trade and cultural mingling with Mediterranean and Arabian worlds. Ethiopian history speaks of imperial glory and dominance, and for great swaths of time isolation, as its Christian kingdoms held out in highland strongholds while Islamic and pagan militaries swirled around them. Today, both countries, having just emerged from a thirty-year war, are dirt poor. Many...


Surrender or Starve : Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea (Vintage Departures)
Robert D. Kaplan
1400034523
November 11, 2003
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Review
“A writer of extraordinary intellect and passion . . .with a wonderfully lucid way of relating history as a living thing.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“This vivid account . . . tells very convincingly a story which the author claims was almost entirely ignored by Western media, diplomats, and relief officials. Kaplan paints a horrific picture of often fatal cruelty.” —Foreign Affairs

“Robert Kaplan is a scholarly and adventurous journalist. . . . He draws attention to long-term trends that other writers have little noted.” —The New York Times

“Kaplan is a gritty travel reporter and commentator on foreign affairs known for providing no-nonsense political-historical overviews of the dicey places he visits.” —The...


Eccentric Graces: Eritrea and Ethiopia through the Eyes of a Traveler
Julia Stewart
1569021015
March 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Prologue: This is a travel narrative about Eritrea, a tiny sun-drenched country along the Red Sea, and Ethiopia, its giant southern neighbor and former colonial overlord. Among the oldest civilizations on earth, these two African countries can boast over 2,000 years of recorded history. Eritrean and Ethiopian histories interlock, yet still maintain distinctive features. Eritrea's past revolves around foreign incursions and occupation, as well as ongoing trade and cultural mingling with Mediterranean and Arabian worlds. Ethiopian history speaks of imperial glory and dominance, and for great swaths of time isolation, as its Christian kingdoms held out in highland strongholds while Islamic and pagan militaries swirled around them. Today, both countries, having just emerged from a thirty-year war, are dirt poor. Many...


Unfinished Business: Ethiopia And Eritrea At War
Dominique Jacquin-Berdal (Editor), Martin Plaut (Editor)
1569022178
January 15, 2004
Paperback
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Making of Elite Women: Revolution and Nation Building in Eritrea
Tanja R. Muller
9004142878
February 2005
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Against All Odds: A Chronicle of the Eritrean Revolution With a New Afterword on the Postwar Transiton
Dan Connell
1569020469
June 1997
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Post-Conflict Eritrea: Prospects for Reconstruction and Development
Martin Doornbos (Editor)
1569021082
April 1999
Hardcover
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About the Author
Alemseged Tesfai, who until 1997 was the Actin Head of the Eritrean Land commission, writes on the history of Eritrea and the Eritrean People's Liberation Army. He was Head of the Cultural Division of the EPLF and the Cultural Centre of the Department of National Guidance in the Provisional Government of Eritrea. A writer and playwright, Alemseged has produced a collection of short stories, plays, essays and a novel about the Eritrean Liberation War. His play The Other War was produced in the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, UK, in September 1997. Martin Doornbos is Professor of Political Science at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands, and was associated with the War-torn societies Project from 1995 to 1998. He has written on political transitions in the Horn and East African region generally....


Eritrea: Even the Stones Are Burning
Roy Pateman
1569020574
February 1998
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Eritrea, Vol. 181
Randall Fegley
1851092455
October 1995
Library Binding
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Anatomy of An African Tragedy: Political, Economic and Foreign Policy crisis in Post-Indepence Eritrea
Kidane
1569022488
August 15, 2005
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Book Description
This timely and unique book is an analytical study of post-liberation Eritrea. The work offers an extraordinary account of the events and developments that have taken place in the country’s politics, economy and foreign relations and of the things that have gone wrong since independence. By focusing on the economy, constitutional development or lack thereof, and foreign relations, the book illuminates objectively the internal and external difficulties and constraints the country faced in building a democratic society, viable economy, and sustainable foreign policy after liberation. Mengisteab and Yohannes insightfully demonstrate the structural and historical conditions and leadership patterns that account for the striking similarities between post-colonial Eritrea and post-colonial African states. The book...


Eritrea and Ethiopia: The Federal Experience
Tekeste Negash
9171064060
May 1997
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Book Description
This book examines the rise and fall of the Ethio-Eritrean federation which existed from 1952 to 1962. The author argues that the federation was abolished by Eritrean social and political forces rather than by Ethiopia. The UN imposed federation and its constitution was doomed to fail, as these were foreign to Eritrean and Ethiopian conceptions of power.

About the Author
Tekeste Negash is an Associate Professor of Modern History. Currently, he is engaged in an International Master's course in African Studies at Dalarna University. He is also involved in planning another International Master's course on Education, Development and Change in Africa.


Asmara
Edward Denison
1858942098
October 2003
Hardcover
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To Asmara
Thomas Keneally
0446391719
October 1, 1990
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
"This impassioned new work by the Australian author of Schindler's List straddles the boundary between fiction and reportage so adeptly that it almost deserves a category of its own," proclaimed PW . Several individuals journey through Ethiopia and Eritrea, encountering oppression, politics, the arid grandeur of the land and the constant struggle for survival. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
During the Ethiopian famine, a food convoy was destroyed by Eritrean rebels. The rebels, ignored by the press for decades, earned global infamy in 45 seconds of news coverage. Keneally's courageous attempt to investigate the Eritrean side of the story provided the material for this novel. Authored by the highly talented Keneally, it could have been...


Two Weeks in the Trenches: Reminiscences of Childhood and War in Eritrea
Alemseged Tesfai
1569021694
September 1, 2002
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Book Description
Murray Last, the eminent editor of Journal of Modern African Studies, says about Two Weeks in the Trenches, " I found it so moving that I couldn’t put it down...." He further notes that he found "The Heart," one of the short stories in the book, "...more captivating than I did the first time around. Of course, the rhythms of the sentences, the restrained poetry of some of the phrasing and words, were as much a delight as before. It reads extraordinarily well in English (it makes me wonder how the original Tigrinya sounds), with its clarity, its near-simplicity of expression. I could imagine it being read aloud...." "Heart" is a word used in Tigrinya more than in most languages, and the heart is at the center of Alemseged Tesfai’s writing. Ranging from the heart of children and families to the heart of...


History of Ethiopia
Harold G. Marcus
0520224795
January 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Marcus (history, Michigan State Univ.) has authored several books on Ethiopia, most recently Haile Selassie: The Formative Years 1892-1936 (Univ. of California Pr., 1986). This one, which was eight years in the writing, is his most ambitious because it attempts to cover the entire history of Ethiopia from prehistoric times to the fall of the Mengistu government in 1991, although all but the first 80 pages deal with Ethiopia since its reunification under Menelik in 1889. Marcus views Ethiopian history as a series of cyclical expansions from its component parts to empire and back again; he argues that the idea of the greater Ethiopian nation will always cause the state to reunify despite its current disintegration. Whether or not one agrees with his thesis, this book is such a readable and up-to-date overview of a...

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