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By Joseph L. Venosa

“One of the lesser-acknowledged results of [Eritrea’s] travails is that its ancient trajectory has been ignored via students in want of presentist issues with the incumbent regime. Joseph L. Venosa’s Paths towards the Nation is a fresh and cutting edge exception to that development, a robust exemplar of the insights which might be supplied by way of sustained, cogent, and certainly brave old study into the main advanced and shadowed of places.” —American old Review


In the early and mid-1940s, in the course of the interval of British wartime career, neighborhood and spiritual leaders within the former Italian colony of Eritrea engaged in a process highbrow and political debate that marked the beginnings of a real nationwide attention around the sector. through the past due Nineteen Forties and Fifties, the scope of those matters slowly extended because the nascent nationalist move introduced jointly those Muslim activists with the more and more disaffected group of Eritrean Christians.

The Eritrean Muslim League emerged because the first real proindependence association within the nation to problem either the Ethiopian government’s demands annexation and overseas plans to partition Eritrea among Sudan and Ethiopia. The league and its supporters additionally contributed to the growth of Eritrea’s civil society, formulating the 1st huge arguments approximately what made Eritrea an inherently separate nationwide entity. those suggestions have been necessary to the later transition from peaceable political protest to armed uprising opposed to Ethiopian profession. Paths towards the Nation is the 1st examine to concentration completely on Eritrea’s nationalist move earlier than the beginning of the armed fight in 1961.

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