This text presents contextual aspects in order to explain the growing discord between the two former friendly governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia. It looks at historical relations since the late 19th century, border issues from local perspectives and relations between the former liberation fronts.
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Tekaste Negash is Associate Professor in Modern History at Dalerna University College, Sweden.
Kjetil Tronvoll is Research Fellow and Horn of Africa Programme Director at the Norwegian Institute of Human Rights, University of Oslo.
"The Ethiopian-Eritrean war came largely as a surprise to most outsiders. There had been a general consensus that Ethiopia's acceptance of Eritrean independence, de facto in 1991 and de jure in 1993, had resolved one of the major causes of regional instability and conflict in the Horn of Africa. The bloody fighting has demonstrated just how wrong this was.
"This book sets out to explain just why this happened and to demonstrate that the conflict had a much wider genesis than the flare up of fighting at Badme in May 1998. It succeeds admirably. Indeed a major strength of this book is the account of the historical context, and the slow build-up to the fighting."
-- Patrick Gilkes
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Book Description James Currey, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG085255849X