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Eritrean independence under the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (now the People's Front for Democracy and Justice) became an international cause celebre during the 1980s. Eritrea was the first African nation to gain independence in the post-colonial period and appeared to be opening a new and progressive path in African politics. But the promise of the revolution was soon betrayed by the outbreak of war with Ethiopia, the PFDJ's increasingly repressive domestic policies, its mismanagement of the country's economy, and its hostile relations with its neighbours. The PFDJ government dismantled existing formal and informal institutions, crippled the private sector, banned private newspapers, civil and political society organisations, expelled international NGOs and aid agencies when over two-thirds of the population were dependent on food aid, detained without trial journalists, thousands of dissidents, and former leaders of the liberation struggle, and turned national service from an instrument of nation building and national integration into an instrument of open-ended forced labour. In this well-researched first account of post-independence Eritrea, Gaim Kibreab gives a detailed and critical analysis of how things went woefully wrong and how the former 'liberators' turned into oppressors with no respect for the rule of law, human rights and religious freedom. GAIM KIBREAB is Professor of Research & Director of Refugee Studies, Department of Social & Policy Studies, London South Bank University Published in association with the Nordiska Afrikainstitutet.

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Eritrean independence and the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (now the People's Front for Democracy and Justice) were an international cause celebre during the 1980s. Eritrea was the first new African nation to gain independence in the post-colonial period and appeared to be opening up a new path in African politics. But the promise of the revolution was soon betrayed by the outbreak of war between Eritrea and Ethiopia, the PFDJ's increasingly repressive domestic policies, its mismanagement of the country's economy, and its hostile relations with its neighbours. There has been relatively little research on the economic aspects of Eritrea's current situation and its future viability as a nation. Kibreab's detailed analysis of the failure of the PFDJ's political and economic policies is one of the main strengths of this book.

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ISBN:
9781847010087
Author:
Kibreab, Gaim
Publisher:
James Currey (GB)
Subject:
African
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Africa - East - Ethiopia
Subject:
Eritrea Politics and government 1993-
Subject:
Hezbawi genbar harenat Eretra
Subject:
World History-Africa
Series:
Eastern Africa
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
420
Dimensions:
8.50x5.70x1.30 in. 1.60 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Eritrean independence and the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (now the People's Front for Democracy and Justice) were an international cause celebre during the 1980s. Eritrea was the first new African nation to gain independence in the post-colonial period and appeared to be opening up a new path in African politics. But the promise of the revolution was soon betrayed by the outbreak of war between Eritrea and Ethiopia, the PFDJ's increasingly repressive domestic policies, its mismanagement of the country's economy, and its hostile relations with its neighbours. There has been relatively little research on the economic aspects of Eritrea's current situation and its future viability as a nation. Kibreab's detailed analysis of the failure of the PFDJ's political and economic policies is one of the main strengths of this book.
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