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The Bureaucratic Empire: Serving Emperor Haile Selassie 8 Jan. 2014
By Haile Bokure - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The bureaucratic empire: serving Emperor Haile selassie.


Author: Dr. Seyoum Haregot

Reviewed by: Haile Bokure
In this semi-autobiographical book, the author describes in depth how the bureaucratic machinery composed of the Royal Court, the Old Guard chiefly the nobility, and the Ministerial Council appointed by His Majesty were in a fierce conflict in an attempt to control the State Power. According to his Majesty’s modernization policy, those who were in charge to serve with a rank of Minister were from humble background who received higher education in the Industrial West. According to Donald Levine, they were the returnees from abroad after long years of studies (circa 1950.) Unfortunately, they were frustrated not only to modernize the Old Establishment, but also handicapped in joining to the rank of aristocratic nobility either by marriage or honorific titles associated with their families lineages. Thus their achieved status by way of higher education rendered them nothing in a society that ones worshipped the ascribed status with its distinguished mark of noblesse oblige.

From the vantage point of the author, the Ministerial Council or Prime Minister’s Cabinet was unable to execute its major operations as long as the largesse and approval of His Majesty who was at the helm of power was mandatory in accordance with the cannons of Kibre Negest (Glory of Kings). On the other hand, the aristocratic class which was threatened its commanding post in a society by the emerging educated elite was resistance to any policies and laws affecting its hold. Obviously, the modernizing elites were sandwiched between the Royal and Aristocratic powers in an oligarchic society that lacked the circulation of elites which is common in democratic institutions. According to the author, such scenario could have been the major cause that led the silent revolution of the 1972.
The rest is history.
The author seems to overlook the role of Eritrean Liberation Movements and the coup d' etat of the 1960's under General Mengistu Neway in dismantling the historic Royal Rule. Not to mention the unforgettable famine in Tigray and part of Wello that claimed the lives of countless people. According to Ato Paulos Gnongo, the famous journalist, there was a protocol restricting any news in the media relating to the Eritrean War, famine and draught.
This is a very informative book that Donald Levine, Peter Schwab, and Christopher Clapham, the preeminent Ethiopianists who missed some inside information in their attempt to study the Ethiopian culture and power hierarchy. On personal note, the author needs to be appreciated for not changing his position honestly as a civil servant as long as his background is concerned. As for me, it is a matter of his destiny in this unpredictable world we live in. I suggest everyone to read this remarkable book, for it has some implications in our struggle to build a nascent Eritrea after three decades of war.
This is a great book to add to your library of important books ... 7 Feb. 2015
By Zelalem Girma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great book to add to your library of important books that shed light on Emperor Haile Selassie's administration. The author's intimate knowledge of events as they transpired within the administration makes his writing very interesting and insightful.
In an easy to read manner, the author discusses events, history, and politics that shaped Ethiopia under Haile Selassie's regime. The book highlights delicate foreign policy decisions made by the emperor and points out the salient reasons that sometimes led to the uneasy relations with the west, middle east, and neighboring countries under his watch. His account of the internal politics within the cabinet and monarchy - and the role that played in influencing policy - is riveting.
A great resource for anyone who wants to revisit an important Ethiopian era.
Best read on Ethiopian Government History 29 Oct. 2013
By Sam Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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A very well written historical account from an insider of the Ethiopian government circa 1930-1970. A must read for any student or professor who wants to learn about pan-African foreign and government history.
A must read book. 12 Mar. 2014
By yerdaw kahsay - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though I am familiar with the events described in the book, I salute the author for sharing his vast experience to the public.
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A Must Read. 22 Oct. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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A great book. Thank you for sharing your story! I am still amazed by how much reading your book reminded me how little of
our history that I know.
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