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The Ethiopian popular revolution of 1974 ended a monarchy that claimed descent from King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, and brought to power a military government that created one of the largest and best-equipped armies in Africa. In his panoramic study of the Ethiopian army, Fantahun Ayele draws upon his unprecedented access to Ethiopian Ministry of Defense archives to study the institution that was able to repel the Somali invasion of 1977 and suppress internal uprisings, but collapsed in 1991 under the combined onslaught of armed insurgencies in Eritrea and Tigray. Besides military operations, The Ethiopian Army discusses tactical areas such as training, equipment, intelligence, and logistics, as well as grand strategic choices such as ending the 1953 Ethio-American Mutual Defense Agreement and signing a treaty of military assistance with the Soviet Union. The result sheds considerable light on the military developments that have shaped Ethiopia and the Horn in the twentieth century.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Alternate Spellings of Names
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvii-2
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Chapter One: The Army of the Ethiopian Empire (1941–1974)
  2. pp. 5-26
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  1. Chapter Two: The Army Expands (1977–1991)
  2. pp. 27-54
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  1. Chapter Three: Logistical and Command Problems (1977–1991)
  2. pp. 55-84
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  1. Chapter Four: Military Intelligence (1977–1991)
  2. pp. 85-100
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  1. Chapter Five: Fighting on Two Fronts (1977–1978)
  2. pp. 101-126
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  1. Chapter Six: Fighting the Northern Rebels (1976–1991)
  2. pp. 127-204
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  1. Chapter Seven: How the Revolution Changed the Army
  2. pp. 205-212
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 213-228
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  1. Appendix I: Letter from the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces to the Minister of Defense Regarding the Critical Shortage of Rations for Soldiers
  2. p. 229
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  1. Appendix III: Letter from Brigadier General Rägassa Jimma to the Vice Minister of Defense Regarding the Shortage of Military Vehicles
  2. pp. 232-234
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  1. Appendix VI: Letter from the Minister of Internal Affairs to the Minister of Defense Regarding the Infiltration of the Army by Eritrean Insurgents
  2. pp. 239-240
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  1. Appendix VII: Circular from the Minister of Defense to All Army Units Announcing the Execution of Brigadier General Tariku Ayne
  2. pp. 241-244
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 245-282
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 283-302
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 303-309
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810168053
Related ISBN
9780810130111
MARC Record
OCLC
897017243
Pages
327
Launched on MUSE
2014-11-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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