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978-0-7391-3796-3 • Hardback • September 2011 • $146.00 • (£112.00)
Messay Kebede is professor of philosophy at the University of Dayton, Ohio.
Chapter 1. Controversies over the Nature of the Ethiopian Social Change
Chapter 2. Theories of Revolution and the Ethiopian Discrepancies
Chapter 3. Ideology and Power Struggle
Chapter 4. Subjective Conditions of Social Revolutions
Chapter 5. The Ideological Origins of Haile Selassie's Regime
Chapter 6. Sociopolitical Origins of Haile Selassie's Regime
Chapter 7. The Politics of Cooptation: Strengths and Weaknesses
Chapter 8. Social Blockage and Rising Discontent
Chapter 9. The Ethiopian Military and the Formation of the Derg
Chapter 10. Disputes over the Radicalization of the Derg
Chapter 11. Power Struggle and Radicalization
Chapter 12. Conflicts for Power and the Rise of Mengistu Haile Mariam
Chapter 13. Narcissism and Revolution
Chapter 14. Ethnonationalism and Political Competition
Chapter 15. The Fall of Mengistu and the Derg
Chapter 16. Why Social Revolutions Fail?
Chapter 17. Philosophical Extensions
There are books, and then there are Books. Messay Kebede has written a Book. With sustained analytical brilliance, he demonstrates how understanding Ethiopia contributes to the understanding of the world. Ideology and Elite Conflicts represents a major achievement in combining comparative history with political and cultural analysis, all set within a philosophical frame.
— Donald L. Donham, University of California, Davis
Messay Kebede has written an enormously important book. He definitively places the Ethiopian revolution as one of the 20th century's 'great revolutions,' on par with the Russian or Chinese in terms of scope of transformation. Kebede provides a systematic and compelling argument on one of the key puzzles of the revolution. Internal power struggles within the military junta known as the Derg, Kebede argues, drove this movement of revolutionary change. Everyone interested in contemporary Ethiopia or comparative revolutions will benefit from this book.
— Terrence Lyons, Co-Director, Center for Global Studies, George Mason University
This is a very informative book as it offers much needed help for comprehending a critical period in Ethiopian history. In well-research and organized chapters, it presents a synthesis of both classical and contemporary works on revolutions in general and the Ethiopian revolution in particular. This makes it useful for readers who already know a lot about Ethiopian politics as well as for those who are novices to the subject. Moreover, the book has a multidisciplinary character and uses innovative and sophisticated analysis that makes it appealing to political scientists, philosophers, and historians and can serve as a guide to understanding revolutions in the Third World.
— African Studies Quarterly