A HISTORY OF BURJI WOREDA, 1941-1991

A HISTORY OF BURJI WOREDA, 1941-1991

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Title: A HISTORY OF BURJI WOREDA, 1941-1991
Author: Yamral, Mekonnen; D/r Belete, Bizuneh
Abstract: This thesis investigates the history of Burji district from 1941 to 1991. 1941 is a turning point in the history of the district because of the restoration of the imperial regime while the year 1991 is a land mark due to the demise of the military regime. Based on relevant archival, secondary and oral sources, this thesis focused on reconstructing the history of Burji woreda from1941 to 1991. It also offered background knowledge pertaining to the pre-1941 period. In short, the main objective of the thesis is to show the local changes that were observed in Burji district in the context of change in policy and government at national level. The thesis showed how the traditional socio-economic and administrative system of Burji has been affected by the incorporation of Burji into the imperial state of Ethiopia. The restoration of the imperial rule and the subsequent reforms that imperial government had introduced especially in relation to administration and land and the subsequent reactions of the people of the district to the introduced changes are the main themes of analysis for the period between 1941 and 1974. Thus, this thesis argues that the socio-economic and administrative changes made by Emperor Haile Selassie’s government in the post-1941 period brought little improvement in the life of most of the local people of the district. The study also tried to examine developments that the Burji district had witnessed during the Derg regime (1974-1991). The military regime’s attempts to place its power on a better position by introducing several measures at a national level had its own negative and positive effects in the socio-economic and political life of the people of Burjidistrict. Therefore, I argued that the political, economical and social policies and reforms that had been formulated and implemented by the Derg government brought better changes in the life of most of the people of Burji district than the imperial govenment. Generally, the findings of this research work showed the dialogue between“history of events” and a “history from below”.
Description: 140p.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3267
Date: 2013


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