Frontiers of Violence in North-East Africa: Genealogies of Conflict since c.1800

Hardcover | April 10, 2011

byRichard J. Reid

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Northeast Africa has one of the richest histories in the world, and yet also one of the most violent. Richard Reid offers an historical analysis of violent conflict in northeast Africa through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, incorporating the Ethiopian and Eritrean highlands and theirescarpment and lowland peripheries, stretching between the modern Eritrean Red Sea coast and the southern and eastern borderlands of present day Ethiopia. Sudanese and Somali frontiers are also examined insofar as they can be related to ethnic, political, and religious conflict, and the violentstate - and empire - building processes which have defined the region since c.1800. Reid argues that this modern warfare is not solely the product of modern political 'failure', but rather has its roots in a network of frontier zones which are both violent and creative. Such borderlands have given rise to markedly militarised political cultures which are rooted in the violence ofthe nineteenth century, and which in recent decades are manifest in authoritarian systems of government. Reid thus traces the history of Amhara and Tigrayan imperialisms to the nationalist and ethnic revolutions which represented the march of volatile borderlands on the hegemonic centre. He suggestsa new interpretation of Ethiopian and Eritrean history, arguing that the key to understanding the region's turbulent present lies in an appreciation of the role of the armed, and politically fertile, frontier in its deeper past.

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Northeast Africa has one of the richest histories in the world, and yet also one of the most violent. Richard Reid offers an historical analysis of violent conflict in northeast Africa through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, incorporating the Ethiopian and Eritrean highlands and theirescarpment and lowland peripheries, stretchi...

Dr Richard Reid currently works on the history of warfare and militarism in Africa. He previously taught at the University of Asmara in Eritrea, and at Durham University in the UK. He is the author of several books, including studies of the Kingdom of Buganda and of warfare in pre-colonial eastern Africa, and a history of Africa in th...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:338 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:April 10, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199211884

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Prologue: The Past in the PresentPart I: Setting and Approach1. Interpreting the region2. The Shadows of AntiquityPart II: Violence and Imperialism: The 'long' nineteenth century3. States of Violence, to c.18704. Borderlands, Militarism and the Making of EmpirePart III: Colonialisms, Old and New5. Demarcating Identity: the European colonial experience, c.1890-c.19506. The Empire of Haile Selassie, c.1900-1974Part IV: Revolutions, Liberations, and the Ghosts of the Mesafint7. Revolution, 'Liberation', and Militant Identity, 1974-19918. New States, Old Wars: Violence, frontier, and destiny in the modern eraEpilogue: Armed Frontiers and Militarised MarginsBibliography