A History of Ethiopia, Paperback Book
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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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 335 pages, 40 b/w photographs, 9 maps
  • Publisher: University of California Press
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  • Category: African history
  • ISBN: 9780520224797



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This is a fairly old book now, written in a conventional way, but it does fill the interested reader in on some of the history of Ethiopia through the Haile Selassie era. I found Robert Kaplan's more modern history of Ethiopia a much more compelling read.