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Title:Special issue: Violence in the contemporary political history of Eastern Africa
Editors:Rolandsen, Řystein H.ISNI
Anderson, David M.
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies (ISSN 0361-7882)
City of publisher:Boston, MA
Publisher:Boston University
Geographic terms:East Africa
Subjects:political violence
Abstract:The articles gathered in this special issue focus on the role of violence in the consolidation of state power in eastern Africa, from the late 1950s into the early 1980s. These were critical years in the modern history of the region, witnessing the transition from colonial rule to the Cold War, a period of decolonization during which the external relations of all countries in eastern Africa underwent dramatic change, and a phase in which new African governments strove to establish their political base, their bureaucratic and executive authority, and their legitimacy. The five articles highlight and exemplify how collective violence permeated these political developments, in some cases coming to define the character of national or local political authority. They deal with four countries - Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and Burundi; three themes - political authority, legitimacy, and violent contestation - bind the case studies together. Titles: Violence in the contemporary political history of Eastern Africa (Řystein H. Rolandsen and David M. Anderson); 'Let the red terror intensify': political violence, governance and society in urban Ethiopia, 1976-78 (Jacob Wiebel); Power and its discontents: Anywaa's reactions to the expansion of the Ethiopian state, 1950-1991 (Dereje Feyissa); Violence and political advocacy in the lost counties, western Uganda, 1930-64 (Derek R. Peterson); Rebel and rule in Burundi, 1972 (Aidan Russell); 'Peace and order are in the interest of every citizen': elections, violence and state legitimacy in Kenya, 1957-74 (Justin Willis). [ASC Leiden abstract]