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

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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 Aksumite
18
THE BORDERLANDS and THE INTERIOR
31
THE ERA OF ZARAYAQOB
99
Ifat and Adāl
113
Fätägar
130
THE BORDERLANDS and THE INTERIOR
156
Wāj Guragé
204
The Country of the Bahr Nāgash
218
THE BORDERLANDS and THE INTERIOR
269
THE OROMO MIGRATION
277
Bali Dâwaro Fätägar Wäj Ifat
324
Adāl Harār and Awssa
373
The Land of the Afars
383
THE BORDERLANDS and THE INTERIOR
418
CONCLUSIONS
431
HISTORICAL TABLES
445

THE ERA OF GALAWDEWOS
231
Dāwaro
241
Guragé
250

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About the author (1997)

Richard Pankhurst is a former director of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

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