The Government of Emperor Haile Selassie

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The Government of Emperor Haile Selassie I (1930-1955) (Amharic Edition) by Zewde Retta (2012-06-01)
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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Highly recommended!

  2. Rated 3 out of 5

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  3. Rated 2 out of 5

    Whether we like it or not Haileselassie was the the father of Ethiopia and Africa too. He has done many good things and also bad things. While we should leave that for history, what many of us do not understand is that Ethiopia’s turning point created at the last time of his reign was determined mainly by western powers led by the USA. Ethiopia was in a better status than countries like Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. But imperialists cooperated in Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia. They not only accelerated the downfall of Haileselassie, but they made Ethiopia so brittle that anything that pushes it can cause it to fall down and shatter. Without forgetting internal reactionaries and scavengers, western nations have never stopped suppressing Ethiopians. Without them the present dictators would have life at all.

  4. Rated 2 out of 5

    Whether we like it or not Haileselassie was the the father of Ethiopia and Africa too. He did many good things and also bad things. While we should leave that for history, what many of us do not understand is that Ethiopia’s turning point at least at the last time of our country’s feudal system was determined mainly by western powers led by the USA. Ethiopia was in a better status than countries like Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. But imperialists cooperated in Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia. They not only accelerated the downfall of Haileselassie, but they made Ethiopia so brittle that anything that pushes it can cause it to fall down and shatter. Without forgetting internal reactionaries and scavengers, western nations have never stopped suppressing Ethiopians. Without them the present dictators would not have any life at all.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    In general books about Ethiopian leaders are either adulatory or contemptuous. Emperor Haile Selassie I was a man well-ahead of his time. Whether that was as a consequence of his need to survive or his reputed preternatural intelligence is a matter of debate. Other, better spoken and articulated, writers have written about his life and times so I will not go into detailing this. In this book both the accomplishments and flaws of his government are well detailed and investigated. I have had occasion to discuss the man and his times. Those that find fault in everything he did invite as much ridicule as those who worship the ground he walked on. As Emperor he was remarkably prescient humble and gave up a lot of personal power at a time and to a populace he could easily have dominated as a demi-God as past Emperors had done. If we examine each challenge that came before him we find he brought those on to himself as a consequence of the latitude he gave the populace and the loosening of state control and weakening of the feudal hierarchy he personally engineered. I find this book more than others I have read gives credible attention to this. It can always be argued he did not go far enough, cut deep enough, move the country fast enough into the 20th Century. It has to be balanced with the realities manifest during his time. He was well schooled in the Revolution’s that had toppled other Monarchies in Russia, China etc. and espoused Evolutionary change and shedding of Feudal and State control. Sadly, members of his own family were extremely busy sabotaging change, stealing relief supplies and souring relations between the Emperor and other regional rulers (e.g. the Crown Prince and Princess Tenagne were actively involved in land Grabs in Afar. It took the personal intervention of his Majesty Sultan Ali Mirah on behalf of the expropriated and the Emperor’s personal and direct orders for the two to desist, and for units of the Army to stand down for peace to be restored in the region. We find a veritable trove of other situations if we ask Ethiopian notables and discover a palace riddled with intriguers and intrigue from petty to grandiose. The book hints at some things but keeps matters at a respectable level. Lessons can be learned by all future Ethiopian authors. If we examine the leaders Westerners laud and use as shining examples we find few are blameless, some are fictional. If we insult and reduce all our leaders no one will be left to uplift us. Ambassador Zewde was a great admirer of the Emperor but he has managed to look at His Majesty’s reign critically, respectfully as all Ethiopians should.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tefera Dinberu – June 18, 2017:

    Whether we like it or not Haileselassie was the the father of Ethiopia and Africa too. He has done many good things and also bad things. While we should leave that for history, what many of us do not understand is that Ethiopia’s turning point created at the last time of his reign was determined mainly by western powers led by the USA. Ethiopia was in a better status than countries like Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. But imperialists cooperated in Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia. They not only accelerated the downfall of Haileselassie, but they made Ethiopia so brittle that anything that pushes it can cause it to fall down and shatter. Without forgetting internal reactionaries and scavengers, western nations have never stopped suppressing Ethiopians. Without them the present dictators would have No life at all.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Well said Wogenoch!
    Haile Selassie was a victim of highly coordinated scheme that took years. It was a huge risky business for the force that carried out the secretive elimination of the Emperor, same as it was of Kennedy. Kennedy was loved leader not only by Americans, by people the world around. Thus, taking him out an incredible task, and yet they managed to do it. An incredible espionage of all times. The Emperor was a leader loved not only by his people, but by people around the world. They managed to eliminate him, and Ethiopia and Africa were turned into stone age only if we can understand how and only if we can understand the progresses that could have been made during the last fifty years or so. Ethiopians will learn and realize who their enemies are and the sky is the limit when we all come together realizing what we can do with our might and resources that are without match! We will.

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