n Africa Insight - Inquiry into the seedbed of radicalism : the case of the Ethiopian educated elite

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


The Ethiopian student movement and intelligentsia played a major role in triggering the social unrest and imparting a radical direction to the revolution of 1974. This paper examines the factors that led to the progressive radicalisation of Ethiopia's educated elite. Usually, this radicalisation is attributed to the appalling socio-economic problems of Ethiopia, which required nothing less than revolution to bring about change. That explanation, however, fails to consider various other possibilities. This paper looks at factors such as the influence of Marxism-Leninism and the modernisation discourse of Western education.

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