Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world. As the Aksumite Empire, it became a world power, its Emperor Ezana coverting to Christianity in 330 AD. Alone in sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopians developed coinage and writing systems. This volume traces the country's expansion southward during medieval times, its resistance to Muslim invasion and, under energetic leaders, its defence of its independence during the European scramble for Africa. Paul Henze's history of Ethiopia is not only concerned with kings, princes and politicians but includes insights into daily life, art, architecture, religion, culture, customs and the observations of travellers, and is enlivened by the personal reminiscences of Ethiopians.
Beginings; Axum - the first Ethiopian state; medieval Ethiopia; ordeal, recovery, decline; Ethiopia enters the modern world; the rise of Haile Sellasie; invasion, occupation, liberation; Haile Selassie's heyday; revolution, war and "Socialism"; the end of the derg; epilogue - Ethiopia resurgent.