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Title:Writing Eritrea: history and repreentation in a bad neighborhood
Author:Reid, Richard
Periodical:History in Africa (ISSN 1558-2744)
Geographic term:Eritrea
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/hia.2014.16
Abstract:This paper reflects on the ways in which Eritrea has been written about since circa 2001, the point at which the country entered a new phase of heightened authoritarianism and increased international isolation. It considers the ways in which Eritrea has been seen largely in 'presentist' terms, due in no small way to the Eritrean government's own intrinsic hostility to independent historical research, with an overwhelming fixation on its dire human rights and governance record, and on the nature of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF), which governs in all but name. The paper urges a more historical approach, beginning with the critical three decades that preceded the emergence of the EPLF in the early 1970s. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]