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David Pool

David Pool's detailed and well-informed account of the EPLF is a valuable addition to our understanding of the complex political forces at work in the struggle for independence.

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From Guerrillas to Government
The Eritrean People's Liberation Front
By David Pool

In 1991 the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) took over Asmara and completed the liberation of Eritrea; formal independence came two years later after a referendum in May 1993. It was the climax of a thirty-year struggle, though the EPLF itself was formed only in the early 1970s. From the beginning, Eritrean nationalism was divided. Ethiopia's appeal to a joint Christian imperial past alienated the Muslim pastoral lowland people in the areas where Eritrean nationalism first appeared.

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