Against All Odds: A Chronicle of the Eritrean Revolution : with a New Foreword on the Postwar Transition

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The Red Sea Press, 1993 - Political Science - 340 pages
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Against All Odds is the firsthand account of Eritrea's epic 30-year struggle for political independence and social justice. With almost no outside support, Eritrean nationalists brought successive U.S.- and Soviet-backed Ethiopian governments to their knees. At the same time, they worked to liberate women, workers and peasant farmers from centuries of grinding poverty, chronic hunger and numbing oppression. Connell argues that it was the blending of a social revolution with political objectives that enabled this uniquely self-reliant liberation front to weld Eritrea's fractious society - half Christian, half Muslim, from nine ethnic groups - into one of the most remarkable fighting forces in modern history. In a new Afterword, he describes their efforts to translate wartime values and experience into sustainable strategies for developing the new country.
  

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OK, the story of the revolution is a hell of a lot more awe-inspiring than what's going on in Eritrea these past few years. But damn, it's a great story. I still can't help but admire them. Read full review

Contents

On the Road to Eritrea
1
Cities Towns
3
Inside Asmara
9
Fah
27
Toposraphy
28
The Battle for the Past
45
Ethnic Geography
49
Hearts and Minds
61
Ethiopian Offensive 1978
160
The Retreat 1978
175
Behind Enemy Lines
179
Redivided 1979
182
The Dispossessed
195
Famine
213
New Directions
227
Near Victory 1990
229

Marx vs Marx vs Marx
73
Liberating the Towns
93
Near Victory 1977
95
A Model Village
109
Destroying Shyness
127
Turning Point
139
Retreat
157
The Challenge of Peace
245
Looking Ahead
263
The Postwar Transition
279
For further information
309
Notes
313
Index
335
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