The Quest for Socialist Utopia
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317 Pages

21.6 x 14 cm

13 b/w. 3 line. Illustrations

Series: Eastern Africa Series

Imprint: James Currey

The Quest for Socialist Utopia

The Ethiopian Student Movement, c. 1960-1974

by Bahru Zewde

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A lively historical account of the rise of Ethiopia's student movement by one of those involved, its role in overthrowing the imperial regime, and its impact on the shaping of the country's future.
Finalist for the Bethwell A. Ogot Book Prize to the author of the best book on East African Studies, 2015.

In the second half of the 1960s and the early 1970s, the Ethiopian student movement became the major oppositionforce against the imperial regime in Ethiopia, ultimately playing a fundamental role in the shaping of the country's future political and social development. Bahru Zewde, one of the students involved in the uprising, draws on interviews with former student leaders and activists, as well as documentary sources, to describe the steady radicalisation of the movement, characterised particularly after 1965 by annual demonstrations against the regime and culminating in the ascendancy of Marxism-Leninism by the early 1970s. In 1969, the students broached what came to be famously known as the "national question", ultimately resulting in the adoption of the Leninist/Stalinist principle of self-determination up to and including secession. On the eve of the revolution, the student movement abroad split into two rival factions - a split that would ultimately lead to the liquidation of both and the consolidation of military dictatorship.

Bahru Zewde is Emeritus Professor of History at Addis Ababa University and founding Fellow and Vice President of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences. He has authored many books and articles, notably A History of Modern Ethiopia, 1855-1974 and Pioneers of Change in Ethiopia: The Reformist Intellectuals of the Early Twentieth Century.

Ethiopia: Addis Ababa University Press
Introduction
Youth in Revolt
The Political and Cultural Context
In the Beginning: 'That Will be the Day, When...'
The Process of Radicalization
1969: Prelude to Revolution
Championing the Cause of the Marginalized: The National Question and the Woman Question
Fusion and Fission: From Student Unions to Leftist Political Organizations
Conclusion: The Legacy
"The present work is a major contribution to the modern intellectual and political history of Ethiopia. . . . Bahru Zewde has produced a masterful and nuanced account of the origins, personalities, organizations, internecine debates, and tragic fates of the young intellectuals and activists who organized and led student opposition to the imperial regime." INT'L JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORICAL STUDIES
"[A] masterful, long awaited, and authentic account. ... A remarkable, painstakingly researched, and insightful analysis." AFRICA REVIEW OF BOOKS
"Bahru Zewde's book provides a rich, nuanced history, analysis, and interpretation of this most radical student movement in Africa in the twentieth century. It is a remarkably well-crafted book; elegant, readable, engrossing, and comprehensive." AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW
"Must become the definitive account of the Ethiopian student movement." ANGLO-ETHIOPIAN NEWS FILE
"Impeccable. ... An impressive and comprehensive piece of scholarly work." AFRICAN STUDIES QUARTERLY

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Title Details

317 Pages

2.16 x 1.4 cm

13 b/w. 3 line. Illustrations

Series: Eastern Africa Series

Imprint: James Currey