Greater Ethiopia: The Evolution of a Multiethnic Society

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University of Chicago Press, May 1, 2000 - History - 231 pages
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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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Donald N. Levine has published nine books, including The Flight from Ambiguity, Visions of the Sociological Tradition, and Powers of the Mind. He is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Chicago and was founder of an NGO, Aiki Extensions. He received an honorary doctorate from Addis Ababa University; a festschrift, The Dialogical Turn; and a lifetime achievement award from the American Sociological Association.

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