Greater Ethiopia: The Evolution of a Multiethnic Society

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 10, 2014 - Social Science - 256 pages
Greater Ethiopia combines history, anthropology, and sociology to answer two major questions. Why did Ethiopia remain independent under the onslaught of European expansionism while other African political entities were colonized? And why must Ethiopia be considered a single cultural region despite its political, religious, and linguistic diversity?

Donald Levine's interdisciplinary study makes a substantial contribution both to Ethiopian interpretive history and to sociological analysis. In his new preface, Levine examines Ethiopia since the overthrow of the monarchy in the 1970s.

"Ethiopian scholarship is in Professor Levine's debt. . . . He has performed an important task with panache, urbanity, and learning."—Edward Ullendorff, Times Literary Supplement

"Upon rereading this book, it strikes the reader how broad in scope, how innovative in approach, and how stimulating in arguments this book was when it came out. . . . In the past twenty years it has inspired anthropological and historical research, stimulated theoretical debate about Ethiopia's cultural and historical development, and given the impetus to modern political thinking about the complexities and challenges of Ethiopia as a country. The text thus easily remains an absolute must for any Ethiopianist scholar to read and digest."-J. Abbink, Journal of Modern African Studies
 

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I read it but oromo is not gala. Gala are a small tribe who helped you to write this hate word. Oromo is native of ethiopia. As I think this is not about ethiopia it’s hate word that never ever Seen. When you write about one tribe , don’t make a difference use a equality word. May be this can help for future generation. I’m not oromo but it’s hate speach like agame (Tigre) or komchu or ahiya (amahara). I don’t wanna to read about a book talk about hate speech. Ethiopia is great and I wanna know about real Ethiopian history. Thank you I apologize about that.. 

Contents

1 Conventional Images of Ethiopia
1
2 Scholarly Images and Assumptions
15
3 The Differentiation of Peoples and Cultures
26
4 Foundations of Unity
40
5 Patterns of Expansion and Unification
69
6 Four Questions
87
7 Tigrean Legacy
92
8 The Amhara System
113
10 Comparisons and Explanations
146
11 Social Evolution in Ethiopia
165
Appendix
187
Notes
199
Bibliography
211
Addendum to the Bibliography
223
Index
225
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9 The Oromo System
128

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