Historical Dictionary of Eritrea

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9780810834378: Historical Dictionary of Eritrea

The Historical Dictionary of Eritrea offers a uniquely comprehensive account of the history, culture, and leading personalities of Africa's newest independent nation. Due to the isolation and danger imposed by Eritrea's 30-year war for national independence, and the necessarily secretive operations of its guerrilla leaders, there has been a dearth of scholarship on most aspects of the new nation's history, and no comprehensive accounts of its people's long struggle for independence from Ethiopia.

This book provides an in-depth review of Eritrean history from ancient times to the present, drawing on the author's wide scholarship in the field, including access to unpublished Eritrean sources, interviews with leading Eritrean political figures, field research conducted over more than fifteen years, and the perusal of early European, Egyptian, Turkish and Italian colonial sources. Of particular interest are the detailed biographies of Eritrea's current leaders and the leading figures in the long struggle for national liberation, most of which are unavailable in other publications. Further biographies of prominent historical figures and events provide equally scarce information. The histories of Eritrean towns and regions, economic developments, accounts of cultural practices, and the histories of Eritrea's diverse religious and ethnic groups add richness and depth to our knowledge of Eritrea.

The Historical Dictionary of Eritrea provides a comprehensive account of the Eritrean nationalist struggle unequaled by the many specialized and frequently biased and inaccurate publications. The chronology, introduction and exhaustive bibliography add further resources for the student, scholar, aid worker, and diplomat, who will find this an indispensable resource for understanding contemporary Eritrea.

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About the Author:

Tom Killion is Lecturer in the Humanities Department of San Francisco State University.


Given Eritrea's short independent life and small size, this volume is able more thoroughly to cover the country, both past and present, than other volumes (Arba)

...a wealth of information...a most useful adjunct for those involved in Eritrean studies. (African Affairs)

Tom Killion's contribution has presumably pleased many a writer, for Eritrean studies have hitherto been devoid of such an encyclopaedic work...The size of the book and the diversity of its entries attest to the industriousness of the author...it is useful in many respects and, as a unique work of its kind, it will probably remain our major reference work on Eritrea for a long time to come. (Aethiopica)

...a useful and precise reference volume which is easily accessible and invaluable to those beginning research on Eritrea; and others including diplomats or academics pursuing a quick reference. (African Studies Review)

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Killion, Tom
Editorial: Scarecrow Press
ISBN 10: 0810834375 ISBN 13: 9780810834378
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Cloud 9 Books
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Descripción Scarecrow Press. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0810834375 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW6.0479248

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