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La dialectique religion et politique dans la révolution éthiopienne: pour une ethnographie historique de la révolution marxiste

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This article presents a history of the Ethiopian revolution of 1974 in a remote ethnic group called the Maale. A striking feature of the upheaval as it occurred locally was that evangelical Christian converts constituted the revolution's Jacobins – its most radical supporters. As the Marxist state consolidated itself, that support was eventually lost, but even so, virtually every member of the communist party in Maale by the early 1980s was an ex-evangelical Christian. The analysis below highlights local notions of time in both religion and politics to explain these conjunctions.


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