Although treated as expendable for forty years by both superpowers and most of the rest of the world, the tenacious nationalists of Eritrea stand poised in early 1991 for victory after what this study rightly calls an effort of "epic proportions." The book tells us little about the nationalists, but much about the odds against them. The author, who teaches at the University of Louisville, has focused on the diplomatic and international dimensions of the Eritrean issue since World War II. He draws extensively on British and American diplomatic archives and U.N. records and manages to include enough recent material on Soviet policy changes to give a vivid and up-to-date history of great-power maneuvers in the strategically situated Horn of Africa.
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