Russians in the Horn

  • Paul B. Henze


Russian strategic interest in the Horn of Africa has much deeper roots than that of the United States, which is entirely a post-World War II development. Until then, as Chapter 2 has demonstrated, American interest was exclusively commercial, humanitarian and scientific. Russian curiosity about Ethiopia was aroused as early as the seventeenth century by the appeal of an exotic, distant land inhabited by Orthodox Christians who might help the tsars further their imperial interests. Tsar Alexis (1645–76) toyed with the idea of an alliance with the Ethiopians “to arouse a new enemy against Turkey.” Nothing came of this aspiration. Peter the Great’s desire to develop links with Ethiopia, inspired in part by his general of Ethiopian origin, Hannibal, bought as a slave in Constantinople, also failed to materialize.1


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  • Paul B. Henze
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  1. 1.The Rand CorporationWashingtonUSA

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