- Paperback: 515 pages
- Publisher: Pall Mall Press; 1st edition (1969)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0269163336
- ISBN-13: 978-0269163333
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,692,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ethiopia: A New Political History (Pall Mall Library of African Affairs) Paperback – 1969
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Ethiopia was not defined for the vast portion of its history, by lines on maps. It was a civilization rather than a 'country' as we understand countries today--with flag, UN membership, airline, etc. Various fiefs and kingdoms rose and fell, constantly vying for supremacy. Not much is known about them, at least it is not much evident in this book. Ethiopian history as ETHIOPIAN history begins close to the 19th century. Greenfield details the struggles, the lives of the several emperors, and the ups and downs of countless minor characters. He loves to share the names of their relatives, their children, and maybe even their best friends. It is all a bit murky; overwhelming detail clouds your sky. The best part of the book is the story of the Italian invasion of 1935, Haile Selassie's reaction, and the British campaign to oust the fascist forces in 1941. After that, two decades of intrigue, ups and downs of innumerable characters. My advice, if you would like to know what Ethiopian politics were like, is to read Kapuscinski's "The Emperor". It is brief, only 162 pages compared to the 458 of this book, but it's an amazing work.Read more ›