Ethiopia: The Land, Its People, History and Culture
Yohannes K. Mekonnen
New Africa Press, 2013 - History - 428 pages
This book is a general survey of Ethiopia as a country and its people. It focuses on many subjects about Ethiopia's history, geography, politics and the diverse cultures of its people who collectively constitute one of the most fascinating countries in the history of Africa and of the entire world. It starts from the beginning when foundations were laid for what was later to become the country of Ethiopia which is one of the oldest civilisations in the world. Ethiopia also has the distinction of being the oldest Christian nation in Africa and one of the three oldest Christian countries in the world after Georgia and Armenia. Ethiopia converted to Christianity centuries before Europe did. And it is mentioned in the Bible many times. The book also covers Eritrea - its people, history and culture - but not in as much detail as it does Ethiopia. Still, the information about Eritrea is enough to serve as a simple and general introduction to the country. But the main focus of the book is on Ethiopia.
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This is a very good book about Ethiopia and Eritrea, mainly about Ethiiopia. But it is too detailed in terms of history for the average reader. However, it has all the necessary basic information especially if you are learning about the two countries for the first time. Also, the material used is in the public domain. But it is put together in a very readable fashion. It is both fascinating and intriguing.
It is a very simple, straightforward and very informative book about the people and their cultures. As a historical text, it does not go in depth. That's probably because it covers so many areas. But the history presented and the other facts in the book collectively constitute a very good and very broad picture of Ethiopia and Eritrea. It also includes very interesting profiles of what are probably the most influential leaders of Ethiopia during the second half of the 20th century: Haile Selassie and Meles Zenawi. It is one of the most important books about Ethiopia for the general reader and for those going to Ethiopia. It is also an interesting overview of the region.