Haile Selassie And American Missionaries: Inadvertant Agents of Oromo Identity In Ethiopia

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Title: Haile Selassie And American Missionaries: Inadvertant Agents of Oromo Identity In Ethiopia
Author: Gilchrist, Horace Eric
Advisors: Owen Kalinga, Committee Chair
Abstract: This thesis analyzes the dynamics among the Ethiopian government under Emperor Haile Selassie, American Protestant missionaries, and the Oromo during the period of 1960-1975. The thesis argues that Selassie and the missionaries had different agendas for helping the Oromo and shows how this resulted in political and social outcomes which neither the missionaries nor emperor intended to create. One such consequence was the evolution and entrenchment of the Oromo sense of identity. Using the unpublished records of the Christian Missionary Fellowship (CMF) the thesis examines the efforts of this particular mission and that of its counterpart, the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) of which more is known. The speeches and decrees of Haile Selassie and other government officials have also been helpful in this study, and for the Oromo particular, the thesis has had to rely on published works by the Oromo themselves.
Date: 2004-10-21
Degree: MA
Discipline: History
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/844


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