Review from ROAPE Volume 2 Number 4
Ethiopia: From Autocracy to Revolution (Hiwet)

Ethiopia: From Autocracy to Revolution by Addis Hiwet
Vol.2 No.4 (Winter 1975), pp122-123
Medieval class-structure of northern Ethiopian society; discusses objections to the application of the feudal concept in the historical context of any African society. Hiwet defends the radical position with a definition of feudalism as ‘an agrarian economy in which the vast peasant population surrenders its surplus to the maintenance of the ruling class - usually and principally represented by the warrior class and the priestly oligarchy’ ; military/feudal/colonialist; centralisation of state, started by Menelik and completed by Haile Selassie.