Contours of the Emergent and Ancient Oromo Nation: Dilemmas in the Ethiopian Politics of State and Nation-Building by Mekuria Bulcha

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Author
Mekuria Bulcha
Publisher
Center for Advanced Studies of African Societies
Date of release
Pages
710
ISBN
9781920287238
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Hardcover
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Reviews: " ... Based on empirical evidence and relevant theories of nationalism Mekuria Bulcha convincingly argues in this book that the pre-colonial Oromo were a pre-modern nation. He revisits the representation of Oromo identity in Ethiopian history and proposes the innovative and stimulating thesis that the 16th century Oromo 'invasion' of the Ethiopian highlands was the result of a conscious effort to regain control of a territory that was lost and contended since the 14th century Abyssinian expansion into the region. Mekuria Bulcha's presentation of new evidence of the Oromo resistance to the 19th century conquest, his description of the international appeals by the Oromo elite in the colonial phase, his analysis of the activities of Oromo social movements for cultural and linguistic rights in the 1960s, and his account of the history of rebellion and armed struggle from the 60s, up to the current ethnic federalism are likely to make this book a classic reference for studies on ethno-nationalism ..." ....Marco Bassi, Ph.D. Research Associate, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, UK ............................ " ... This book is an important contribution to the study of identity politics, a subject hotly contested by many Africanists. Bulcha's discussion of the state-centered bias in much of the academic work on Ethiopia and its denial of the history and pre-colonial autonomy of indigenous non-Abyssinian peoples ought to lead to some serious debate ..." .... Kajsa Ekholm Friedman, Professor Emeritus, Lund University, Sweden


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