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African Studies Series #82: The Eritrean Struggle for Independenceby Ruth Iyob
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Eritrea, the newest nation-state in Africa, gained independence from the Ethiopian state after a prolonged and bitter conflict. This book is the first comprehensive analysis of the country's political history over the past three decades. It examines the origins of Eritrean nationalism, and charts the development of its various nationalist movements, assessing the programs and capabilities of the parties contending for power. It also analyzes the regional and international context within which the battles for independence were fought.
This book is a comprehensive analysis of the country??'s political history over the past three decades.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 180-192) and index.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Maps; Introduction; I: 1. The Eritrean question in perspective; 2. Regional hegemony in the post World War II order; 3. Eritrea and the African order; II: 4. The origins of the Eritrean conflict; 5. The federation years, 1952 — 1962; 6. Secular nationalism: the creative radicalism of the ELM; 7. Defiant nationalism: the ELF and the EPLF, 1961 — 1981; 8. The EPLF's quest for legitimacy; 9. Building the Eritrean polity; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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