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Shallow Graves

A Memoir of the Ethiopia-Eritrea War

Richard Reid



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C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
01 April 2020
This is a personal account of the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia, fought between May 1998 and June 2000, as well as of the periods immediately preceding and following the conflict. 'Shallow Graves' traces shifting local perceptions of time, the nation and the region, beginning in the mid-1990s and concluding with the peace agreement signed between the two governments in 2018. Richard Reid is a historian who was based in Eritrea during the war, and who continued to visit both that country and Ethiopia for several years afterwards. This personal perspective offers a more vivid, intimate portrait of the experience of the war than can normally be offered by putatively 'objective' academic accounts. As well as providing first-hand reportage and analysis, Reid problematises the role of the historian--and specifically the foreign historian--as the supposedly impartial observer of events. His eloquent narrative, constructed around conversations and interactions with a range of local witnesses, friends and colleagues, explores the impact of prolonged war and its aftermath--both on private and public memory, and on the nature of history itself.
By:   Richard Reid
Imprint:   C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 190mm,  Width: 126mm, 
ISBN:   9781787383289
ISBN 10:   1787383288
Pages:   296
Publication Date:   01 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Richard Reid is Professor of African History at the University of Oxford, currently focusing on histories of war on the continent in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is the author of 'A History of Modern Uganda'.

Reviews for Shallow Graves: A Memoir of the Ethiopia-Eritrea War

'This deeply moving book gets beneath the skin of Eritrea, like nothing that has been written about that haunting--and haunted--country. It is a book to be treasured.' -- Christopher Clapham, Professor Emeritus of African Studies, University of Cambridge 'This is a vivid, first-hand account of one of Africa's least reported but bloodiest wars. It is beautifully written and Richard Reid's reconstruction of these tragic events has the ring of authenticity.' -- Martin Plaut, Senior Researcher, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and author of 'Understanding Eritrea' and 'Understanding South Africa'

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