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Michela Wrong's book on Eritrea examines one of Africa's youngest countries.
I have read Micheal's book. It is my second book by the same author- the
first being 'It is our turn to it' on Kenya.
It is a well researched and presented book. It provided me a great deal of
histroy lesson. It exposes interesting histroical facts that I did not know
before such as the looting of Italian left property and macnery by the
British soldiers after the defeat of the Italians in 1941.
My comment, the major and general one, is the author's premise or
assumption taking Eritrea as a nation prior to 1991, the date of their
seccesion from Ethiopia by force. Eritrea was, I believe, a piece of
territory carved out and controlled by the Italians since the the beginning
of the scramble for Africa.
The author is harsh on Sylvia Pankrhust apparently because of her devotion
to Emperor Hailesellasie and his empire. But I do not see Pankrhust's love
and commitment to Ethiopia any different from the author's infatuation to
EPLF and glamorization of its history, which is every where in the book.
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