A History of Ethiopia

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In this eminently readable, concise history of Ethiopia, Harold Marcus surveys the evolution of the oldest African nation from prehistory to the present. For the updated edition, Marcus has written a new preface, two new chapters, and an epilogue, detailing the development and implications of Ethiopia as a Federal state and the war with Eritrea. Paperback , Updated Edition , pages.

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I chose this book as one of the more highly rated thorough histories of Ethiopia but the writing style and content were often disappointing. While I do feel I learned a lot about the modern history of Ethiopia, since the 's, I learned next to nothing about culture, except obtusely through politics, about lifestyles, and not all that much about pre Ethiopia. Marcus chose to skim over "early" history of Ethiopia by rattling off names of emp I waver between two and one stars for this book.

Marcus chose to skim over "early" history of Ethiopia by rattling off names of emperors and who they conquered or what territories they lost. Stories took on a bit more liveliness in the more modern era but I did not get a strong sense of people. Only their political actions. Major shifts like religious changes, connections to the Western world, socialism that toppled the monarchy, etc.

A History Of Ethiopia by Harold G. Marcus

Jan 05, Ron rated it liked it. Fairly dry, but I'm glad I read it. Learned something about the cultural mentality of Ethiopians. Would be interesting to get a more human, less academic perspective to complement this which was pretty academic. Jan 01, Kade rated it liked it. Decent, readable overview of Ethiopian history from ancient times through the early 90s. Obviously written in the early 90s with all of the weaknesses that entails. Still a worthwhile read overall if you want an overview of Ethiopian history. Jan 22, J.

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Hushour rated it it was ok. If you grew up in the s, your first association with the word 'Ethiopia' is probably a needle-limbed child starving to death in the desert while the shrill demoness Sally Struthers solicited money from your parents that meant, nope, you're not getting that Thundercats temple base for Christmas.

A History of Ethiopia

Reading this book is not dissimilar from listening to Sally Struthers really, couldn't they find someone a little less nose-bleed inducing? It is pinched, high-pitched, and often wince-in If you grew up in the s, your first association with the word 'Ethiopia' is probably a needle-limbed child starving to death in the desert while the shrill demoness Sally Struthers solicited money from your parents that meant, nope, you're not getting that Thundercats temple base for Christmas.

It is pinched, high-pitched, and often wince-inducing. This is largely due to the dense compacting of tons of names, dates, and information into a fairly short space without any real sense of the moments in question, their context, or any attempt at historical analysis. Impenetrable name after impenetrable name obscure the larger currents embroiling Ethiopia, often omitting them completely! For example, the coastal areas that became Eritrea and Somalia aren't inserted until it's too late and their relevance, once Selassie really gets going after WWII, gets buried under other issues.

As with many histories, the last few decades get the shaft and a rushed ending. Too much of a focus on internal politics not balanced with external issues, and way too much name-dropping. Jan 10, Jennifer rated it it was ok. Very comprehensive and helpful background for some of the work I have done in country. The strong focus on military campaigns is, however, a bit dry and limiting, though I do understand how interwoven that is with the political and ethnic context.

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Oct 20, Tom Elliott rated it liked it. Very much an old school account of political history, and given the region, much military history. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who knows nothing about Ethiopia, currently or historically. It filled in some blanks for me in terms of the very complicated relationships between the power players, and it is definitely stronger when it gets to the 19th century or "modern" era.

May 23, Amaha rated it liked it Shelves: A well-written and very readable synopsis of Ethiopian history. Marcus is opinionated to the point of being tendentious- any given reader will disagree with some of his assertions- and he isn't interested in teasing out the nuances of historical developments or meticulously documenting the sources of his conclusions.

But his very argumentativeness is part of what makes this such a brisk read on such a broad topic. I found it a very good intro to the topic, though worth balancing with other sourc A well-written and very readable synopsis of Ethiopian history. I found it a very good intro to the topic, though worth balancing with other sources.

Sep 18, N. Martin rated it liked it. A surprisingly readable survey of Ethiopian history. You must remember Marcus is one of those historians trying to tell a story that funnels into and connects with the historical facts that the stories are based.

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This is why much of his history comes from the oral stories much like most of our information on early greek history that are still breathing on Ethiopia. So far, so good His books include Haile Sellassie I: List of Photographs Preface Preface to the Edition 1. Beginnings, to 2.


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