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A History of Ethiopia by Harold G. Marcus


A History of Ethiopia by Harold G. Marcus

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.


With remarkable precision and a sensible balance, Marcus has described the multiple and often contradictory and intersecting forces that have molded Ethiopia's rugged history. In his ambitious attempt to give a comprehensive account, he has paid considerable attention to broader social, economic, and cultural developments.... Marcus has given us a concise yet complete overview of Ethiopia's history. - Gebru Tareke, American Historical Review That a country with Ethiopia's historical record should have been so neglected is astonishing, and Harold Marcus is to be congratulated on taking up the challenge...this is a valuable contribution to Ethiopian historiography, which provides a useful and much-needed overview of current knowledge. - Christopher Clapham, International Journal of African Historical Studies

About the Author

Harold G. Marcus (1936-2003) was Professor of History and African Studies at Michigan State University. His books include Haile Sellassie I: The Formative Years, 1892--1936 (California, 1986), Ethiopia, Great Britain, and the United States, 1941--1974: The Politics of Empire (California, 1983) and The Life and Times of Menelik II: Ethiopia 1844--1916 (1975).

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Publication date

22nd February 2002


Harold G. Marcus

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University of California Press


335 pages


African history



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