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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||African Studies Review|
|State||Published - Dec 2009|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cultural Studies