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Title:No independence without sovereignty!: the resistance of Emperor Haylš Sellase I to the British occupation of Ethiopia (1941-1944)
Author:Coleman (Jr), Sterling Joseph
Periodical:Aethiopica: International Journal of Ethiopian Studies (ISSN 1430-1938)
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Great Britain
Subjects:foreign policy
military occupation
World War II
About person:Hayla Selasse I, emperor of Ethiopia (1892-1975)ISNI
External link:https://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/aethiopica/article/view/38/19
Abstract:This article examines how Emperor Haile Selassie I succeeded in removing the British military occupation of Ethiopia during World War II with only a minimum of bloodshed. It outlines the various strategies and tactics the Emperor of Ethiopia employed to regain control over his empire, including obstructionism, opportunism, brinkmanship, leverage and propaganda. The text also asserts that he engaged in a pre-Cold War variant of the policy of flexible response which permitted him to resist British military rule without provoking a violent response from his occupier. The text highlights a handful of the numerous tactics and strategies which were employed by indigenous leaders and their allies not only in Africa but also throughout the developing world to successfully resist European colonial rule during and after World War II. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]