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Title:The Role of Asmara Students in the Eritrean Nationalist Movement: 1958-1968
Author:Ammar, Wolde-Yesus
Periodical:Eritrean Studies Review (ISSN 1086-9174)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Eritrea
Northeast Africa
student movements
History and Exploration
Education and Oral Traditions
national liberation movements
social history
Political development
Tagadlo harnat 'Értra
Asmara (Eritrea)
Abstract:With this article, the author intends to initiate a debate on the role of Asmara students in rousing nationalist sentiments in the period spanning the years 1958-1968. He reviews the influence of the general political environment on the students' actions, presents an outline of their major activities in the 1960s, and summarizes the significance of those early student activities in the growth of nationalist awareness, in particular among the population of the Eritrean highlands. He finds that the semi-organized activities of Asmara students played a more effective role in widening the Eritrean nationalist movement than many of the efforts made by the Eritrean Liberation Movement (ELM) and the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) in the same period, because Asmara and its environs constituted the centre of gravity of the sociopolitical structure of Eritrea. Bibliogr., notes, ref.