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The Dying Lion
Feudalism and Modernization in Ethiopia
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In September 1974, after forty-four years as ruler of Ethiopia, Emperor Haile Selassie, The Lion of Judah, was deposed. This book examines in depth the causes of the unrest which finally led to the army taking power.
The book is a valuable analysis of political and economic power in a developing country. It puts into perspective the causes and symptoms of the failure of modernization, looking in particular at the feudal system used to control power which finally led to the tension and conflict of 1974.
“The book is one of the seminal works produced at that unique moment in history when the ancient regime in Ethiopia was dying and the new revolutionary order was being born. As such it sits astride two eras, dissecting clinically the order that was in its twilight hours and anticipating the new one that was in its birth throes.”
-- Bahru Zewdie, Author of Modern History of Ethiopia
“The original edition of The Dying Lion, published in 1975, quickly became a classic.The dramatic story of the decline and eventual collapse of Haile Selassie’s monarchy remains a seminal event in Ethiopia’s modern history. Tsehai Publishers is to be congratulated for reprinting this important study for a new generation of readers.”
-- Thomas Ofcansky, Co-Author of Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia
Patrick Gilkes studied at Balliol College, Oxford; St. John’s College, Cambridge; and the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University. In 1964 he went to Ethiopia to teach and took up full time research in 1970. He was deported in 1972 from Ethiopia for political involvement and is now a freelance journalist specializing in African Affairs.
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