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War & the Politics of Identity in Ethiopia: The Making of Enemies & Allies in the Horn of Africa (Eastern Africa)

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Images of war, narratives of suffering and notions of ethnicity are intrinsically linked to Western perceptions of Africa. Filtered through a mostly international media the information of African wars is confined to narrow categories of explanation emerging from and adapted to a Western history and political culture. This book aims at reversing this process; to look at war and suffering from the point of view of those who fight it and suffer through it. In doing so it reveals that the simplistic models explaining contemporary wars in Africa which are reproduced in a Western discourse are basically false. This book examines the understanding of war and the impact of warfare on the formation and conceptualisation of identities in Ethiopia. Building on historical trajectories of enemy images, the recent Eritean-Ethiopian war (1998-2000) is used as an empirical backdrop to explore war's formative impact, by analysing politics of identity and shifting perceptions of enemies and allies. KJETIL TRONVOLL is Professor in Human Rights, Peace and Conflict Studies at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo. His other publications include Brothers at War: Making Sense of the Eritrean-Ethiopian War (co-author; James Currey/Ohio University Press, 2000) and The Ethiopian Red Terror Trials: Transitional Justice Challenged (co-editor; James Currey 2009)

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Tronvoll (human rights, peace, and conflict studies; U. of Oslo, Norway) has written previous books on the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea and the Ethiopian red terror trials. Here he offers a revised and shortened version of his Ph.D. dissertation for the London School of Economics in 2003, which drew on field work, research, and networks in Africa, Europe, and North America. In it he explores the understanding of war and the impact of warfare on the formation and conceptualization of identities in Ethiopia. He uses the 1998-2000 Eritrean-Ethiopian war as an empirical backdrop, but draws on trajectories of enemy images going back as far as history itself in the conflict-ridden region. Among his topics are ethnicity in play in alternating enemies and allies, war behind the front lines, reconstructing Ethiopianness, purifying the nation, and arresting Ethiopian nationalism. Distributed in the US by Ohio University Press. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This book examines the understanding of war and the impact of warfare on the formation and conceptualisation of identities in Ethiopia.

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Examines war and the impact of warfare on identity formation in Ethiopia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781847016126
Author:
Tronvoll, Kjetil
Publisher:
James Currey (GB)
Subject:
African
Subject:
Ethiopia Politics and government 1991-
Subject:
Eritrean-Ethiopian War, 1998-
Subject:
Africa - East - Ethiopia
Subject:
Anthologies-African Literature
Series:
Eastern Africa
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
239
Dimensions:
8.60x5.70x.90 in. 1.05 lbs.

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Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » African Literature
History and Social Science » Africa » General
History and Social Science » World History » Africa

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