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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Primer on Ethiopian History
That sums it up: this is an excellent place to start your study of Ethiopian history.
Marcus appears to specialize in Ethiopian history (he has written biographies of Emperors Haille Selassie and Menelik, both available from Amazon.com). But before reading those you might want to read his History of Ethiopia.
Marcus traces the history of this fascinating but...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ethiopia
The book like others states that all people orginated from Ethiopia before exploring lands further a field. The Ethiopian monarchy is described in quite some detail including the highs and lows of Haile Selassie. I wanted to understand why rastafarians grew dreadlocks and how this was associated with Tafari, which I did not find the answer to in this book. There are many...
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Primer on Ethiopian History, 15 Jun. 1998
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This review is from: A History of Ethiopia (Paperback)
That sums it up: this is an excellent place to start your study of Ethiopian history.
Marcus appears to specialize in Ethiopian history (he has written biographies of Emperors Haille Selassie and Menelik, both available from Amazon.com). But before reading those you might want to read his History of Ethiopia.
Marcus traces the history of this fascinating but mysterious land back to earliest times, and takes it right up to the fall of Mengistu in 1991. Perhaps someday a revision should be done to add events that took place after that, but right now it is too soon; history is still being made in Ethiopia. Most of the book deals with the period after about 1850, but as I said, if you're looking for a good general history filled with facts and details, this is it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good preparation for a visit, 7 Dec. 2010
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I read this book after I visited Ethiopia and I wish I had done so before that visit. It has a clear layout, gives good and quick access to the essentials of Ethiopia's known history, and brings you right up to date into the modern times of current political trends. It is obviously written by a person who has fallen in love with Ethiopia and could connect with its rich diverse cultures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Daniel Mehari, 30 Nov. 2014
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A good introduction to the Ethio-Eritrea history, but I have found the book has missed the Ethiopian internal & external relations & tentions other than only Eritrea.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ethiopia, 8 Feb. 2010
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The book like others states that all people orginated from Ethiopia before exploring lands further a field. The Ethiopian monarchy is described in quite some detail including the highs and lows of Haile Selassie. I wanted to understand why rastafarians grew dreadlocks and how this was associated with Tafari, which I did not find the answer to in this book. There are many interestng facts that I have expanded my knowledge nonetheless, so this book is a recommended read.
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