Rethinking property and society in Gondärine Ethiopia

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The historiographic question that this article asks is: How can historians uncover actual social and economic practices without imposing anachronistic standards and terminologies on the available evidence? The analysis focuses on the relationship between landlords and zégoch-a hitherto unrecognized and socially subservient class of peasants-in the context of social, economic, and cultural realities in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Ethiopia. The thesis is that during this period the Ethiopian ruling classes gained their power and income primarily from ownership of rim land-a form of private property-and the labor of zégoch.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-106
Number of pages18
JournalAfrican Studies Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology


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