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Peasant Revolution in Ethiopia

Peasant Revolution in Ethiopia
The Tigray People's Liberation Front, 1975–1991

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Part of African Studies

  • Date Published: October 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521591980

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  • Almost unnoticed, in the wake of the overthrow of Emperor Haile-Selassie, the coming to power of the military, and the ongoing independence struggle in Eritrea, a band of students launched an insurrection from the northern Ethiopian province of Tigray. Calling themselves the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), they built close relations with Tigray's poverty-stricken peasants and on this basis liberated the province in 1989, and formed an ethnic-based coalition of opposition forces that assumed state power in 1991. This book chronicles that history and focuses in particular on the relationship of the revolutionaries with Ethiopia's peasants.

    • As the first history of the 16-year peasant revolution that brought the present Ethiopian government to power in 1991, it fills a massive gap
    • Offers a strong critique of the literature on revolution that should be of wide interest to political scientists
    • Draws on a substantial level of original fieldwork material, including interviews with key figures, which is unlikely to be bettered
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    "...interesting and stimulating...Peasant Revolution is the first extended and theoretically anchored study that seeks to explore the historical, social, and political forces that led to the birth, growth, and victory of the Tigray People's Liberation Front, and it is a considerable achievement...a significant contribution to peasant studies." International Journal of African Historical Studies

    "John Young has done a fine job presenting a most fascinating case." Stephen F. Burgess, Political Science Quarterly

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    • Date Published: October 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521591980
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    1. Peasants and revolutions: theoretical directions
    2. Historical and social background
    3. Tigray on the eve of insurrection
    4. Struggle for opposition ascendancy:
    1975–8
    5. Challenges and advances:
    1978–85
    6. Triumph:
    1985–91
    7. TPLF and the peasants
    8. Conclusion
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    John Young, Addis Ababa University

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