• John Paxton
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The ancient empire of Ethiopia has its legendary origin in the meeting of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Historically, the empire developed in the centuries before and after the birth of Christ, at Aksum in the north, as a result of Semitic immigration from South Arabia. The immigrants imposed their language and culture on a basic Hamitic stock. Ethiopia’s subsequent history is one of sporadic expansion southwards and eastwards, checked from the 16th to early 19th centuries by devastating wars with Moslems and Gallas. Modern Ethiopia dates from the reign of the Emperor Theodore (1855–68).

Hebretesebawit Ityopia


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Books of Reference

  1. Halliday, F. and Molyneaux, M., The Ethiopian Revolution. London, 1981Google Scholar
  2. Hancock, G., Ethiopia: The Challenge of Hunger. London, 1985Google Scholar
  3. Pool, D., Eritrea: Africa’s Longest War. London, 1982Google Scholar
  4. Schwab, P., Ethiopia: Politics, Economics and Society. Boulder, 1985.Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1987

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