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The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire

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In March 1896 a well-disciplined and massive Ethiopian army did the unthinkable-it routed an invading Italian force and brought Italy's war of conquest in Africa to an end. In an age of relentless European expansion, Ethiopia had successfully defended its independence and cast doubt upon an unshakable certainty of the age-that sooner or later all Africans would fall under the rule of Europeans. This event opened a breach that would lead, in the aftermath of world war fifty years later, to the continent's painful struggle for freedom from colonial rule.

Raymond Jonas offers the first comprehensive account of this singular episode in modern world history. The narrative is peopled by the ambitious and vain, the creative and the coarse, across Africa, Europe, and the Americas-personalities like Menelik, a biblically inspired provincial monarch who consolidated Ethiopia's throne; Taytu, his quick-witted and aggressive wife; and the Swiss engineer Alfred Ilg, the emperor's close advisor. The Ethiopians' brilliant gamesmanship and savvy public relations campaign helped roll back the Europeanization of Africa.

Figures throughout the African diaspora immediately grasped the significance of Adwa, Menelik, and an independent Ethiopia. Writing deftly from a transnational perspective, Jonas puts Adwa in the context of manifest destiny and Jim Crow, signaling a challenge to the very concept of white dominance. By reopening seemingly settled questions of race and empire, the Battle of Adwa was thus a harbinger of the global, unsettled century about to unfold.

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In 1896 a massive Ethiopian army routed an invading Italian force and brought Italy's conquest of Africa to an end. In defending its independence, Ethiopia cast doubt on the assumption that all Africans would fall under the rule of Europeans, and opened a breach that would lead to the continent's painful struggle for freedom from colonial rule.

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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2012

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2012 Toyin Falola Africa Book Award, Association of Third World Studies

About the Author

Raymond Jonas is Giovanni and Amne Costigan Professor of History at the University of Washington.

University of Washington

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674052741
Author:
Jonas, Raymond
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
World History-Africa
Subject:
World History-European History General
Subject:
Military-General History
Subject:
HISTORY / Africa/General
Subject:
HISTORY / Europe/General
Subject:
HISTORY / Military / Other
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20111115
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
38 halftones, 6 maps
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , In 1896 a massive Ethiopian army routed an invading Italian force and brought Italy's conquest of Africa to an end. In defending its independence, Ethiopia cast doubt on the assumption that all Africans would fall under the rule of Europeans, and opened a breach that would lead to the continent's painful struggle for freedom from colonial rule.
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"Synopsis" by , 2012 Toyin Falola Africa Book Award, Association of Third World Studies
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