Monday, September 25

Haile Selassie, Western Education and Political Revolution in Ethiopia

Haile Selassie, Western Education and Political Revolution in Ethiopia is a new 450 page book written by Paulos Milkias (PhD, McGill University) that is due for release in November 2006. The author is a Professor of Humanities and Political Science at Marianopolis College/Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

The publishers at Cambria Press describe the book thus
This is a book on Ethiopia by an Ethiopian scholar. It is an inside look, a probing mirror-image analysis by one of the members of the Ethiopian intelligentsia of the postwar years and about their role in the revolutionary upheavals during the past decades.

Most of the data quoted in this book are based on documents of Ethiopian, British, United States', World Bank, and United Nations' origin. Large parts of these documents were kept on a top secret list for a long time, and others are still restricted.

Some crucial points are elucidated by questionnaires gathered from former high-level consultants of the Haile Selassie regime and more than 50 Western expatriates, the author's reminiscences of personal audiences with Emperor Haile Selassie, as well as interviews of some key political personalities.

These include an anonymous former member of the Derg (the unusually secretive military committee that presided over the dethronement of Emperor Haile Selassie) and the main leaders of the two most important political parties—the All Ethiopian Socialist Movement (MEISON) and the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party (EPRP)—both of which emerged during the final years of the feudal regime.

This valuable resource which furnishes a rare insider's look will be a welcome addition to collections in African Studies and Political Science.
Advance reviews are very encouraging. Said S. Samatar, Professor of African History, Rutgers University and Editor-in-Chief, Horn of Africa Journal says
“Lucid, erudite and groundbreaking in its new insights and fresh perspectives, this is the finest book on Ethiopia that I have seen in a decade. As such, it commends itself as a must read for students of Ethiopian politics and policy makers concerned with the welfare of the peoples of the region.

This book is likely to generate great demand, given the hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian professors and professionals awaiting its publication.”
Prof. Dr. Tesfatsion Medhanie of The University of Bremen agrees that
“It is one of the best works I have read on the subject so far ... The work is very rich. It is a remarkably comprehensive social-scientific study on the role of education in the political developments of Ethiopia in the second half of the 20th century.”
Haile Selassie, Western Education and Political Revolution in Ethiopia has a 25% discount on all publisher direct orders before November 1, 2006. Orders can be placed with the ...

Cambria Press Order Department
PO Box 350, Youngstown, New York 14174
Tel: (716) 608-8335 | Fax: (716) 608-8338

... at the following prices for publilsher direct orders only:
(Hardback) @ $99.95 each OR $74.95 before November 1, 2006
(Paperback) @ $49.95 each OR $36.95 before November 1, 2006


The author also edited a book with Dr. Getachew Metaferia titled "The Battle of Adwa: Reflections on Ethiopia’s Historic Victory Against European Colonialism," which pooled the efforts of nine noted Ethiopianist scholars. It can be ordered from

Algora Publishing
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New York, NY 10025-6809
Tel. (212) 678-0232
Fax (212) 666-3682

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