Its author, Aregawi Berhe, PhD is one of the founders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the revolutionary movement that overthrew and replaced the military dictatorship in Ethiopia. Aregawi had served the peasant-based guerilla movement as a Commander until he was forced into exile.
The book gives a comprehensive insight of Revolt, Ideology, and Mobilization in Ethiopia. It is a critical study that seamlessly integrates the theoretical issues of ethnic self-determination with real life events, processes and firsthand account of the complex history of the TPLF.
The book discusses, among other things, the question of ethnicity and the conflicting interpretations of ethnic self-determination, the issues raised by the competing and overlapping claims of the various liberation movements; the tension between a radical elite ideology and the beliefs and expectations of the peasantry; the political mobilization of the peasantry and the creation of a peasant army; the relevance of the Marxist notion of the universality of class-struggle in the context of ethnically-oriented politics; the TPLF’s transformation from a regional ethnic movement to a political party that spearheads a pan-Ethiopian coalition of ethnic liberation movements (The Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front); and its transition from a guerilla movement to a political party that governs Ethiopia—the second most populous country in Africa.
Aregawi Berhe has recently received his doctorate in Social Studies from the Vrije University in Amsterdam.
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