Public Lecture and Book Talk by Awet Tewelde Weldemichael

Public Lecture and Book Talk by Awet Tewelde Weldemichael

The Inglewood Public Library presents a book lecture on "Third World Colonialism and Strategies of Liberation".

Saturday, April 13, 2013
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Inglewood Library
Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall
101 W. Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301

By analyzing Ethiopia's rule over Eritrea and Indonesia's rule over East Timor, Third World Colonialism and Strategies of Liberation compares the colonialism of powerful third world countries on their smaller, less powerful neighbors. Through a comparative study of Eritrean and East Timorese grand strategies of liberation, this book documents the inner workings of the nationalist movements and traces the sources of government types in these countries. In doing so, Awet Tewelde Weldemichael challenges existing notions of grand strategy as a unique prerogative of the West and opposes established understanding of colonialism as an exclusively Western project on the non-Western world. In addition to showing how Eritrea and East Timor developed sophisticated military and non-military strategies, Weldemichael emphasizes that the insurgents avoided terrorist methods when their colonizers indiscriminately bombed their countries, tortured and executed civilians, held them hostage, starved them deliberately and continuously threatened them with harsher measures.

Awet Tewelde Weldemichael is an Assistant Professor of  African History at the University of Kentucky. Prior to arriving at Kentucky, Weldemichael taught and researched at various universities in the United States, Europe, and African. Weldemichael's expertise includes Contemporary Northeast and East African and island Southeast Asia. As well as, imperialism, colonialism, decolonization, revolutions, peace, nationalist movements, conflict, and security.


*Books will not be available for sale at the event but can be purchased online at Cambridge, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and various other sites.


Cambridge University Press Website

For more information on this event please contact the Inglewood Public Library at (310) 412-5380

The UCLA African Studies Center(310) 825-3686

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