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Rethinking the Ethiopian Red Terror: Approaches to Political Violence in Revolutionary Ethiopia

Wiebel, J.; Admasie, S.A.

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S.A. Admasie



Abstract

This article examines the role of trade unions and of the Kebele - the most local urban administrative structures of the Ethiopian state - in the making of the red terror, a period of unprecedented political violence that closely followed upon the Ethiopian revolution of 1974. Drawing on a broad range of new source materials - from labour union files to oral histories and East German State Security archives - the article shows how the red terror was in large part the product of synergies between diverse groups and actors within these structures, and how it was rooted in histories, motives and collaborations that have scarcely featured in the historiography of revolutionary Ethiopia. In turn, the red terror radically reshaped both trade unions and Kebele administrations, affording Ethiopian state actors unprecedented means of control over civil society and over urban residents.

Citation

Wiebel, J., & Admasie, S. (2019). Rethinking the Ethiopian Red Terror: Approaches to Political Violence in Revolutionary Ethiopia. Journal of African History, 60(3), 457-475. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0021853719000768

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 30, 2019
Online Publication Date Nov 29, 2019
Publication Date Oct 30, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 10, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 20, 2019
Journal Journal of African History
Print ISSN 0021-8537
Electronic ISSN 1469-5138
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 60
Issue 3
Pages 457-475
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/s0021853719000768

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