The Ethiopian Borderlands: Essays in Regional History from Ancient Times to the End of the 18th Century

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The Red Sea Press, 1997 - History - 489 pages
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Historically, studies of Ethiopia, like those of other countries, tend to concentrate on events at or near the center of political power, and devote far too little attention to other areas. The present account attempts at least in part to redress the balance by shifting attention to the"peripheral" regions, which, while of central importance to their own inhabitants, tend to receive relatively little focus in studies of the Ethiopian region as a whole. This book is an historical investigative account of the history of the expanding and often nebulous borders of Ethiopia beginning from ancient times to 1800. It deals with areas that have for years been contentious and problematic for the adjacent peoples in the region: land of the Bhar Nagasah, Ifat, Adal, Fatagar Daiwaro, Bali, Damot, Gurage, Waj, Gamo, Ganz, Gafat, etc. It contains numerous illustrations of antiquities, from old European maps to Ethiopian historical drawings.
  

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Contents

The Land of Punt Ophir
3
The Aksumite
18
The Beja
26
THE EARLY MEDIEVAL PERIOD
35
The Afar Country
61
Fatagar
68
Gurage Waj
75
THE BORDERLANDS and THE INTERIOR
93
THE ERA OF GALAWDEWOS
231
Dawaro
241
Gurage
250
THE BORDERLANDS and THE INTERIOR
269
THE OROMO MIGRATION
277
Bali Dawaro Fatagar Waj Ifat
324
Adal Harar and Awssa
373
The Land of the Afars
383

THE ERA OF ZARA YAQOB
99
Ifat and Adal
113
Fatagar
130
THE BORDERLANDS and THE INTERIOR
156
Waj Gurage
204
The Country of the Bahr Nagash
218
THE BORDERLANDS and THE INTERIOR
418
CONCLUSIONS
431
HISTORICAL TABLES
445
BIBLIOGRAPHY
451
INDEX
469
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Richard Pankhurst is a former director of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

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